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Photos taken after Russian rocket failure prove that human spaceflight is never routine

Photos taken after Russian rocket failure prove that human spaceflight is never routineI never want to understand the kind of fear that the families of NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin experienced in the wee hours of Thursday morning.  Both crewmembers were aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket bound for a six-month stay on the International Space Station when their rocket malfunctioned, forcing an abort of the mission and sending Hague and Ovchinin on an extreme ride back to Earth within the crew capsule.  Hague and Ovchinin are safely back on Earth after the abort, during which they likely experienced the force of seven times Earth's gravity.  SEE ALSO: NASA video shows looming Hurricane Michael from space New photos posted by NASA show relieved family members hugging Hague and Ovchinin after they arrived safely back on solid ground. Nick Hague of NASA embraces his wife Catie after landing at the Krayniy Airport.Image: NASA/Bill IngallsThe failure undoubtedly has major implications for the far future of the space station program, and even in more immediate terms, this will likely change how the station runs for the time being, with two fewer crewmembers than expected.  This mishap could also have major implications for NASA's plans to get astronaut's launching from the U.S. again in the next few years.  We can talk all we want about the future of space travel in light of the failure, but at the end of the day, this is a human story about two people who came way too close to dying in space Thursday.  And it just goes to show that even the most seemingly routine rocket launch is never all that routine. This type of Soyuz rocket has been flying people to space since 2001, and until now, it has never failed, according to
Space News. The rocket performed admirably in 55 flights over the course of 17 years. WATCH: Astronauts finally brought a fidget spinner to space



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San Jacinto pregnant woman to be taken off life support after crash with suspected DUI driver

San Jacinto pregnant woman to be taken off life support after crash with suspected DUI driverA pregnant woman and her unborn daughter will be taken off life support after being struck by a suspected drunk driver in Hemet.



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JFK airport: 10 passengers on Emirates plane taken to hospital after falling ill

JFK airport: 10 passengers on Emirates plane taken to hospital after falling illAn Emirates plane has been quarantined at JFK airport in New York after approximately 100 passengers and crew members reported feeling ill. The plane, which arrived from Dubai at 9:12 am, was immediately taken to a location away from the terminal, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Medical personnel from the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) then boarded to assist the ailing passengers, who complained primarily of fever and coughs.



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The Taliban Have Taken at Least 100 People Hostage in Northern Afghanistan, Officials Say

The Taliban Have Taken at Least 100 People Hostage in Northern Afghanistan, Officials SayWomen and children were among those seized during an ambush in the country's north



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Trump Order Ending Family Separation Likely Won't Apply To Children Already Taken From Parents

Trump Order Ending Family Separation Likely Won't Apply To Children Already Taken From ParentsPresident Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his



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Waffle House shooting: Suspect in killing of four taken into custody after manhunt

Waffle House shooting: Suspect in killing of four taken into custody after manhuntTravis Jeffrey Reinking was taken into custody on Monday afternoon. He is accused of gunning down four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, a Nashville neighborhood, early Sunday morning.



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Man taken to New York airport for deportation slips away from ICE agents and escapes in taxi

Man taken to New York airport for deportation slips away from ICE agents and escapes in taxiA manhunt has been launched for a detainee scheduled for deportation from the US who managed to escape from officers and flee from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport in a taxi. Law enforcement officials said CCTV footage showed the prisoner leaving the airport in a yellow taxi. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been contacted for comment.



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Maryland high school shooting victim to be taken off life support: mother

Maryland high school shooting victim to be taken off life support: motherMelissa Willey told a news briefing at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland, that she would take her daughter, Jaelynn Willey, off life support because she was brain dead. A tearful Melissa Willey held one of her younger children as her husband, Daniel, stood beside her while she spoke about Jaelynn, the second eldest of her nine children. Austin Rollins, a 17-year-old student at Great Mills High School, is suspected of bringing his father’s handgun to the school on Tuesday morning and shooting Willey in a hallway, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.



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Avalanche kills four skiers in French Alps as police question guide over risk taken

Avalanche kills four skiers in French Alps as police question guide over risk takenFour skiers were killed and another injured in an avalanche in the French Alps on Friday and their guide was held for questioning, authorities said. The group of six people was on a ski touring expedition in an off-trail area near Entraunes, close to the Italian border in the southern Alps. The identities of the skiers were not immediately released. Prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre of Nice said in remarks shown on French television that they were "seniors," all with experience in backcountry skiing. He said the guide knew the area well. A judicial inquiry was opened into manslaughter and involuntary injury, and the guide was taken in for questioning, the prosecutor said. The cause of the avalanche was unknown. French authorities had warned against a high risk of avalanches in the Alps following heavy snowfall in recent days, and the prosecutor called that "a decisive element." "A risk was taken. Was it acceptable, reasonable, or not?" said Pretre. "This is the subject of the investigation." The Mountain Guides Union said the group was in a non-steep area of the Mercantour national park. In a statement, the union said the guide was also buried by the avalanche but managed to get out. An avalanche farther north in the French Alps on Friday killed a 25-year-old woman at La Grave, according to local media reports. More than a dozen people have died in avalanches in the French Alps this ski season, in addition to those killed in other parts of the mountain range.



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Sheriff: Guns taken from Georgia teacher after car set afire

Sheriff: Guns taken from Georgia teacher after car set afireATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia teacher accused of firing a handgun in his classroom had three rifles taken away after setting the family car ablaze at his home two years ago, according to a sheriff's report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.



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