U.S. as­tro­naut thanks Rus­sian res­cuers

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

U.S. as­tro­naut Nick Hague thanked Rus­sian res­cue teams Fri­day for quickly reach­ing him and his Rus­sian crew­mate af­ter an aborted launch that led to their emer­gency land­ing in the bar­ren steppes of Kaza­khstan.

The Soyuz rocket that Hague and Rus­sian cos­mo­naut Alexei Ov­chinin were head­ing off in to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion failed two min­utes af­ter Thurs­day’s launch, re­leas­ing a res­cue cap­sule that car­ried them back to Earth.

“Thank you all for your sup­port & heart­felt prayers,” Hague tweeted from Star City, the Rus­sian space train­ing cen­ter out­side Moscow where the two as­tro­nauts ar­rived Fri­day.

“Op­er­a­tional teams were out­stand­ing in en­sur­ing our safety & re­turn­ing us to fam­ily & friends. Work­ing with our in­ter­na­tional part­ners, I’m con­fi­dent that we will find a path for­ward & con­tinue the achieve­ments of @SpaceS­ta­tion.”

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