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Astronaut Airman Aims High, Returns to Earth Instead

Oct. 11, 2018 | BY Brad Kimberly

It was over almost as quickly as it started.

Air Force colonel and NASA astronaut Nick Hague launched today for his first space mission to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, but the booster he was riding had other ideas.

“Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the spacecraft,” according to a NASA statement.

Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were both reported in good condition and have left the capsule, NASA said.

NASA has not announced when the two astronauts will return to the launch pad to continue their mission on the International Space Station’s Expedition 57/58.

Air Force Col. Nick Hague of NASA embraces his wife, Air Force Lt. Col. Catie Hague, after landing at the Krayniy Airport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Expedition 57 Crew Returns
Expedition 57 flight engineer Air Force Col. Nick Hague of NASA embraces his wife, Air Force Lt. Col. Catie Hague, after landing at the Krayniy Airport with Expedition 57 flight engineer Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, Oct. 11, 2018, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Hague and Ovchinin arrived from Zhezkazgan after Russian search and rescue teams brought them from the Soyuz landing site. During the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft's climb to orbit, an anomaly occurred, resulting in an abort downrange.
Photo By: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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