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NASA Astronauts Gear Up for launch to the space station next month

Nick Haag and Christina Koch are a bit busy: In just three weeks, the NASA astronauts and their Russian counterparts will climb into a Soyuz capsule to blow off a pillow in Kazakhstan and make the way to International Space Station for a six-month stay. The tree crew has just completed their final exams, a mandatory set of tests that ensure that the astronauts are ready for their flight and anything that can go wrong with it. All astronauts know that something can always go wrong, but the Hague more than most; He and veteran Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were attached to a capsule at the top of a Soyuz rocket on Oct. 11 last year, when an anomaly with a booster caused the launch to abort. The Hague and Ovchinin were undamaged during their half-hour journey back to earth, thanks to their exhaustive training. Related: The International Space Station at 20: a photo tour ] The couple will take a second shot of space flight, accompanied by Koch, the 1 4th March, with eruptions from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan scheduled for 3:14 EDT (1914 GMT). For the Hague, it could not come soon enough. "I'm ready to launch into space," said Hague Space.com. "My experience with a normal launch stops at about 2 minutes into the launch so I'm excited about the 204 days that will follow the first 2 minutes." Since its launch failed, The Hague has focused on training for the new mission and spending time with…

Nick Haag and Christina Koch are a bit busy: In just three weeks, the NASA astronauts and their Russian counterparts will climb into a Soyuz capsule to blow off a pillow in Kazakhstan and make the way to International Space Station for a six-month stay.

The tree crew has just completed their final exams, a mandatory set of tests that ensure that the astronauts are ready for their flight and anything that can go wrong with it.

All astronauts know that something can always go wrong, but the Hague more than most; He and veteran Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were attached to a capsule at the top of a Soyuz rocket on Oct. 11 last year, when an anomaly with a booster caused the launch to abort. The Hague and Ovchinin were undamaged during their half-hour journey back to earth, thanks to their exhaustive training.

Related: The International Space Station at 20: a photo tour

] The couple will take a second shot of space flight, accompanied by Koch, the 1

4th March, with eruptions from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan scheduled for 3:14 EDT (1914 GMT).

For the Hague, it could not come soon enough. “I’m ready to launch into space,” said Hague Space.com. “My experience with a normal launch stops at about 2 minutes into the launch so I’m excited about the 204 days that will follow the first 2 minutes.”

Since its launch failed, The Hague has focused on training for the new mission and spending time with its family, who were in Kazakhstan in October for the launch that went wrong.

“There has also been enough time to really be able to handle everything that happened to the family, and that has been important,” says Hague. “We are not exploring alone space. It’s not just the crew going up there. We have a large team on the ground that supports us, but more important than it is the family that supports us while we are up there, and they also make sacrifices. “

Hags US crew member Koch will be launched for the first time next month and is also raring to go.” I’ve been in flight training for over five years, and I’m just ready to finally put all such training at work, to hopefully make the people who trained me proudly and to contribute, to give back to this program that I have kept so much since I was very young, “she told Space.com. [19659002] Although it will be her first launch, she has lots of colleagues to trust in their recent weeks of preparation. “Many advice comes from my friends who are already in circulation. We assure and share with each other all the little tricks of the trade that you learn when you are in space, “said Koch, and appointed NASA astronaut training classmate Anne McClain who arrived at the circuit in December.

The Hague and Koch’s six months in space will contain some important milestones, unless additional launch delays, worried test flights by both SpaceX’s and Boeing’s crew vehicles should arrive at the station during this mission. The anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing which both astronauts look forward to celebrating, they said.

“It is definitely something we have looked at and we” are very excited and honored that we have the opportunity to celebrate the amazing milestone when we are in space, “says Koch.” We definitely plan to celebrate it as a crew and share it as much as possible. “

Ep cheese Meghan Bartels at [email protected] or follow her @meghanbartels [19659018]. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook .

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