NASA astronaut set to blast off for first time since scary aborted launch

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Just five months after their flight to the International Space Station was aborted and an emergency maneuver violently swung them clear of catastrophe, a NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are about to try again

On Oct. 11, Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin made an uncontrolled “ballistic descent” back toward Earth after their Soyuz rocket’s first-stage boosters failed to separate properly. The onboard computer automatically triggered an escape motor that basically shoots the Soyuz crew capsule to the side and out of harm’s way.

After making it safely to the ground, Hague described the escape maneuver as “fairly aggressive but fleeting.”  

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