A NASA astronaut with ties to Gering will once again be launched to the heavens, and hopefully this time he will make it all the way to the International Space Station.
Nick Hague, who was forced to abort a recent mission to the ISS, is now scheduled to launch again February 28th , 2019, from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Joining him will be Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, who was his commander and crewmate on the aborted mission earlier this year, and NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch.
Hague and Ovchinin were scheduled to join the station’s Expedition 57 crew on Oct. 11, but were forced to abort their mission when their Soyuz’s rocket booster experienced a malfunction shortly after launch. Flight dynamics specialists determined Hague and Ovchinin achieved enough altitude on their aborted climb to orbit to qualify for previous spaceflight status, making this Hague’s second spaceflight and Ovchinin’s third.
The trio will join the station’s Expedition 59 crew and return to Earth next October as members of Expedition 60.
Hague is the son of former Gering Schools Superintendent Don Hague and his wife Beverly.