US as­tro­naut thanks Rus­sian res­cuers for their quick work

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin -

MOSCOW – 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 Kaza­khstan.

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

NASA chief Jim Bri­den­s­tine told re­porters in Moscow on Fri­day that the Soyuz emer­gency res­cue sys­tem worked flaw­lessly.

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