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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

Sunday, 23 April 2017

23 April 2017. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… This is the Russian Side of the International Space Station

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If you had ANY doubt as to the religious preference of most Russian people…

BMD

Friday, 3 April 2015

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

00a ISS crew. 29.10.12. Baikonur

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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

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Russia to Consider Training First Guatemalan Cosmonaut

00 russian cosmonaut. 26.03.15

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On Thursday, Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov said that Moscow would consider a request for a Guatemalan cosmonaut to undergo training in Russia, saying at a joint press conference with his Guatemalan counterpart Carlos Morales, “We received a request to consider whether a Guatemalan cosmonaut could  come to a training centre in Russia. Of course, we’d consider this request”. Lavrov added that Guatemala made the request to the Russian Federal Space Agency, which will consider it alongside other countries participating in the International Space Station project.

26 March 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/society/20150326/1020057956.html

Editor:

Why is the American space programme lying in the dust, so much so that American cosmonauts have to hitch rides on Russian spacecraft to the ISS? It’s because of Republican wars and Republican tax giveaways to the Affluent Effluent. Thank you, Ted Cruz! That’s what the Republicans have brought the USA to… NASA now has to beg Russia to let Americans go into space. Note well that Russia is far more generous than the greedster Anglo Americans are. Just sayin’…

BMD

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