Med­i­cals for crew of failed space launch

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

TWO as­tro­nauts have ar­rived at the Rus­sian space cen­tre for med­i­cal checks fol­low­ing a failed launch that led to an emer­gency land­ing.

Amer­i­can Nick Hague, from Nasa, and Alexei Ov­chinin, from Rus­sia’s space agency Roscos­mos, blasted off for the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion from Baikonur cos­mod­rome in Kaza­khsta.

How­ever, their Soyuz rocket failed two min­utes af­ter the launch, trig­ger­ing an emer­gency that sent their cap­sule into a steep, har­row­ing fall back to Earth.

US and Rus­sian space of­fi­cials said the as­tro­nauts were in good con­di­tion af­ter en­dur­ing grav­i­ta­tional force that was six-to­seven times more than is felt on Earth.

Roscos­mos chief Dmitry Ro­gozin promised that Mr Hague and Mr Ov­chinin will be given a chance soon to per­form a stint on the or­bit­ing out­post.

“The boys will cer­tainly fly their mis­sion,” Mr Ro­gozin tweeted. “We plan that they will fly in the spring.”

Rus­sian space of­fi­cials said Mr Hague and Mr Ro­gozin will spend a cou­ple of days at Star City, the main space train­ing cen­tre out­side Moscow, on rou­tine med­i­cal checks.

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