Voices from Russia

Thursday, 18 October 2018

US Cosmonaut Hague “Amazed” by Russian Rescue Team’s Work After Soyuz Failure

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On Wednesday, as broadcast by NASA, American cosmonaut Nick Hague told NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine that the teamwork of the rescue crew that helped him and Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Ovchinin to get out of the rescue capsule after their recent emergency return to Earth after a launch vehicle failure impressed him:

They had three pararescue jumpers. As soon as they had found where we were at, they jumped in to get to us as quickly as they could. In a handful of minutes, somebody was tapping on the window next to me, giving me the OK symbol, I answered back with a big smile, and then, they had the hatch open. I was amazed at the quick response of the rescue crew. You know, they practice this all the time, but they haven’t had to put it to use in 35 years. To respond the way they did is a true testament to how seriously they take their responsibilities and their job.

He praised the professionalism of the Russian team engaged in spaceflight preparations and conduct:

I wasn’t surprised by their support and how well they worked. It’s on display every day over there, and it’s a privilege to be part of it. I feel great and my physical condition is awesome.

On Wednesday morning, Hague ran a mile (1.6 kilometres) with his wife. Earlier, Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos said that Ovchinin and Hague would fly to the ISS in spring 2019, with an exact date specified later.

On 11 October, the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle failed to launch the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft, with Hague and Ovchinin on board, to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Just minutes after liftoff, the crew aborted the mission due to a booster malfunction. The two-man crew escaped in a rescue capsule and returned unharmed. Immediately afterwards, Russia launched an investigation of the incident.

18 October 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/military/201810181068988600-russia-us-soyuz-astronaut/

Editor:

Note well that the loudmouth Anglos have to hitch rides on Russian spacecraft to the ISS. The USA lacks the capability to do so because it wasted all its money on wars in foreign parts and sweetheart giveaways to the Affluent Effluent. They don’t put sanctions on this, for if they did, the big bad Anglos couldn’t get into space at all! Do note the lack of propagandistic tone in this… compared to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and Fox News, trust me, the Russian media is truly a breath of fresh air. They report the news much better than their American counterparts do. Remember, the US media is under corporate control, which is much worse than state control is. If you don’t write what the oligarchs want, you’re out of a job and you don’t eat. The worm has turned, hasn’t it?

BMD

Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Legend of G S Titov: First Man to Take a Nap in Space

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G S Titov was a big-time Orthodox Christian… I thought that you’d like to know that… he also liked fast cars, fast women, and a bottle or two (he chugged a full bottle of pivo right after landing)… typical Russian, no?

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6 August 1961… 55 years ago…

Soviet cosmonaut G S Titov made the second space flight in history. On 6 August 1961, at 09.00 MSK, Titov blasted into orbit aboard the spacecraft Vostok-2 and stayed there for 25 hours 11 minutes, circling the Earth 17 times. German Titov proved that people could live and work in space. He took the first pictures of Earth from space, ate the first lunch and dinner in weightlessness, and even managed to get some sleep. It was the second manned space flight, but it was the full first day spent in space. At the time of the flight, Titov was only a month short of being 26-years-old, making him the youngest of all cosmonauts who’ve flown in space. After the flight, Titov took part in various space programmes; he was still active as of 1992. Colleagues noted the extraordinary breadth of Titov’s professional interests, ranging from constructing schools and kindergartens for the children of astronauts to the creation of complex spacecraft. Titov was an academician at the K E Tsiolkovsky Academy of Astronautics and the International Academy of Informatisation. His books Семнадцать космических зорь (Seventeen Cosmic Dawns), Первый космонавт планеты (The First Cosmonaut of the Planet), Голубая моя планета (Blue is My Planet), and На звездных и земных орбитах (On Stellar and Terrestrial Orbits) became handbooks for many generations of cosmonauts.

6 August 2016

Calend.ru

http://www.calend.ru/event/2780/ 

Friday, 3 April 2015

If the Russian Cosmonauts Pee on the Tyre, Do the Americans Do So as Well? Perspirin’ Minds Wanna Know…

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Cosmonauts follow some “bizarre” rituals like being slapped in the face with a cross before going to space. American and Russian cosmonauts, and even rockets, all go through an official blessing dished out by a Russian Orthodox priest. Photos from NASA’s official photographer showed that the same cleric has carried out the ritual with gusto for a few years now. As well as getting a visit from a priest, cosmonauts and astronauts contribute to an avenue of trees planted before each mission, and watch the same pre-flight movie before takeoff (a cult Russian “Western” from 1969). The Russian cosmonauts also reportedly urinate on the back right-hand tyre of the bus that takes them to the launch pad, a tradition started by Gagarin himself before his first flight.

2 April 2015

ANI

https://in.news.yahoo.com/bizarre-rituals-astronauts-going-space-102555691.html

Editor:

Note that American cosmonauts have to go into space on Russian rockets. It’s all due to Republican cuts to NASA to free funds for warmongering and tax breaks for the Affluent Effluent. There IS a cost for all the wars and the cossetting of the top Five Percent. Reflect on that as you avoid the ever-increasing potholes (there’s no money to fix those, either)…

BMD

Friday, 3 October 2014

3 October 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Blessing the Soyuz… the Only Way that American Cosmonauts can Go Into the Cosmos

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With all the chest-beating on the part of the American rightwing… let’s utter a home truth. American cosmonauts have to fly Russian spacecraft to the ISS as the reckless Republican filth wasted the USA’s treasure in useless land wars in Asia that didn’t advance the cause of national defence one iota and on gigantic tax cuts to corporations and to lazy wealthy scummers. That’s a fact, jack…

If you vote for the Republican Party, you vote for anti-patriotism (exporting jobs abroad and nominating cowards who refused to do military service), you vote for anti-life programmes (gutting the social safety net that unwed moms need to raise kids instead of having abortions), and you vote for Might Makes Right (bullying smaller countries and handing the country over to the Country Club Affluent Effluent Set). If you vote against them, you just might have Americans flying American spacecraft again. After all, the money for warmongering and coddling the rich has to come from somewhere…

IT COMES FROM YOU… IT COMES FROM YOUR KIDS… AND THEY DON’T GIVE A GOOD RUBY-RED GODDAMN.

Vote against the Republican scummers… God will bless you for it (and so will His Holiness… he’s a Red, and don’t you forget it!)…

BMD

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