Sur­vivors of failed rocket launch in good health

The Scotsman - - World News - By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

A US as­tro­naut and his Rus­sian crew­mate ar­rived at the Rus­sian space cen­tre yes­ter­day for med­i­cal checks fol­low­ing a failed launch that led to an emer­gency land­ing in the steppes of Kaza­khstan.

Nasa’s Nick Hague and Ros cos­mos’ alex­eiovch in in blasted off to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion from the Baikonur cos­mod­rome in Kaza­khstan on Thurs­day, but their Soyuz rocket failed two min­utes af­ter the launch.

It sent their cap­sule into a har­row­ing fall back to Earth. US and Rus­sian space of­fi­cials said the as­tro­nauts were in good con­di­tion af­ter en­dur­ing grav­i­ta­tional force that was six to seven times more than is felt on Earth.

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

The as­tro­nauts will spend a cou­ple of days at Star City, Rus­sia’s main space train­ing cen­tre out­side Moscow, un­der­go­ing rou­tine med­i­cal checks.

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