Nick Hagg and Christina Koch are a bit busy: in just three weeks NASA's cosmonauts and their Russian counterpart rise up in the Capsule Union . International Space Station for six months of stay.
Three crew members have just completed their final exams, an obligatory set of tests that allow astronauts to be prepared for flight and everything that can
All astronauts know that something can always go wrong, but The Hague more than most; he and the veteran Russian cosmonaut Oleksiy Ovchinin were attached to the capsule at the tip of the Soyuz rocket on October. 11 last year, when the anomaly with the booster led to the interruption of the launch. The Hague and Ovchinin were intact during their half-hour journey back to Earth, thanks to their exhausting training.
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] The pair will take a second blow to the space flight, accompanied by Koch, March 1
For The Hague, he could not come soon enough. "I'm ready to launch into space," said The Hague Space.com. "My normal startup experience stops at about 2 minutes after launch so I'm very glad that 204 days will follow this first 2 minutes."
Since launching, the Hague has focused on preparing for a new mission and spending time with its seven who was in Kazakhstan in October to launch, which failed.
"There was also plenty of time to really handle everything that happened with the seven, and that was important," The Hague said. "We do not explore the space alone, there is not only a crew, we have a huge team on the ground that supports us, but even more important than the seven who support us when we ascend
The American crew of The Hague, Koch will start work for the first time next month and he will also be in a hurry to go. "I have been studying for more than ninety years, and I'm just ready to finally put all this training into work, I hope that the people who prepared me, make a contribution to the program that I consider to be so respectful when I was very m lodym – she told Space.com.
Although this will be her first launch, she has many colleagues to rely on her in recent weeks. preparation. "Many are glad to come from my friends who are already in orbit. We are convinced and share with each other all the little trade techniques that you will learn when you are in space," Koch said, singling out NASA. Anna McClain who arrived in orbital laboratory in December.
The Hague and six months of Koch's work will include several major stages. Without further delays at launch, unexplored test flights of the SpaceX and Boeing crews must arrive at the station during this mission. This summer will also mark the 50th anniversary of the landing of the aircraft Moon Apollo 11 which both astronauts are waiting for the celebration, – they said. Everything is very excited and revered by the fact that we will have the opportunity to celebrate this amazing landmark while we are in space, "Koch said. "We certainly plan to honor it as a crew and to share it as much as possible."
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