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That was a quick flight´: How astronauts kept ice cool
while their rocket malfunctioned at 4,970mph and
plummeted back to Earth in harrowing 7G ´ballistic
re-entry´- as Russia opens CRIMINAL probe

Daily Mail, by George Martin

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Posted By:dvc, 10/11/2018 3:01:52 PM

Two astronauts kept ice cool as their rocket travelling at thousands of miles an hour malfunctioned on the edge of space while carrying them to the International Space Station, cockpit audio reveals. Russian Aleksey Ovchinin and American Nick Hague made it back to Earth alive this morning after the booster on their Soyuz rocket broke at 164,000 feet and the rocket automatically turned back during a dramatic 7G ´ballistic re-entry´. Ovchinin retained an enviable sang-froid as he realised what was happening, after they were rocked violently around in their seats by the force of the booster malfunction. ´An accident with

Sabotage suspected? Are Muslims working on the Rooskie rockets?

Ancient rocket design, about 60 years old, normally pretty reliable.

Good that astronauts are safe.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 10/11/2018 3:37:36 PM     (No. 11793400)

fta: "..what an amazing vehicle the #Soyuz is.."

looks like something Yuri Gagarin flew in..

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Reply 2 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 10/11/2018 3:39:54 PM     (No. 11793404)

Opened a criminal probe? Sounds like something out of The Gulag Archipelago.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: cThree, 10/11/2018 3:42:45 PM     (No. 11793405)

Whatever the cause, whatever the results of the investigation, the courage and professionalism of the two astronauts is bracing.

My hat´s off to both of them.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sore Eye Assets, 10/11/2018 4:24:07 PM     (No. 11793443)

That "capsule" looks like it was made for an elementary school science fair and came in last place.

It´s a miracle they survived.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: p51dmustang, 10/11/2018 4:37:28 PM     (No. 11793451)

The technology is old as dirt, but the darn thing works. Never break or fix something that has performed well up to this point.

I am not sure however about the maintenance procedures. Are they using reconditioned parts and that was the failure mechanism, a new deceleration rocket, a bad gimbal, or maybe they changed the recovery software. Lots of things to look at.

The Russians are not very forth coming about details on their mistakes.

We really need a new vehical to take our astronauts to the ISS. We need to increase NASA´s budget to about $18 billion dollars. I mean we need a wall for immigration protection, we need a real budget for our space program, and a realistic budget for our military.

All other agencies need a good budget house cleaning.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MDConservative, 10/11/2018 4:42:44 PM     (No. 11793456)

Let Virgin or Elon Musk fly people to the moon or Mars or wherever. If there is value in space ventures, the American way is to let private enterprise take the risks and earn the rewards. Enthusiasts are free to buy stocks rather than invest tax (and publicly borrowed) money.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 10/11/2018 4:46:09 PM     (No. 11793458)

Since we now use Russia as our Uber, with no change in sight, shouldn´t we start referring to our guys as "cosmonauts"?

NASA ended up becoming just another government agency. So much for the right stuff. Loose tiles, brittle O-rings equals lots of dead Americans. At least the Russians saved a few this time.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: curious1, 10/11/2018 4:59:56 PM     (No. 11793467)

I heard that NASA says possibly by next April 2019 SpaceX? will be used to take personnel to ISS.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dvc, 10/11/2018 5:25:25 PM     (No. 11793488)

#1, Gagarin flew in the Vostok capsule on the Vostok-K rocket in 1961. The Soyuz is a slightly improved version of teh Vostok, first flown in 1966. They are very similar, ancient designs.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 10/11/2018 6:07:14 PM     (No. 11793521)

I thought it had a leak a few weeks ago from space junk or did the hole have a more earthly origin? THen later they were saying the Soyuz was damaged on the ground by a drill not orbital debris. A criminal probe sounds warranted.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: red1066, 10/11/2018 6:12:24 PM     (No. 11793528)

Biggest mistake NASA made was ending the shuttle program before they had something to take it´s place. It´s an embarrassment that U.S. has to pay Russia to take U.S. astronauts to a space station the U.S. built.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 10/11/2018 8:26:04 PM     (No. 11793610)

Wow. So here´s a "Houston, we have a problem" moment for you. Whew. Glad to hear these guys made it back in one piece. Wonder what´s up with the criminal investigation. Sabatage?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 10/11/2018 9:10:02 PM     (No. 11793634)

The Right Stuff indeed. Glad these guys are ok. Keeping cool when it all goes sideways is the mark of a pro.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: pchristopher, 10/12/2018 1:17:56 AM     (No. 11793742)

Chalk it up to training. They didn´t get to be in their positions by being a bunch of Flakes....if you will.

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