The Navigator

Aborted NASA Mission

Last week, on Thursday, October 11, NASA and Roscosmos planned to launch to the International Space Station with astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. A practiced routine launch, this crew would have been Expedition 57 to the internationally build spacecraft. However, shortly after launch, a problem with the booster surfaced. During a space launch, many parts or stages of the launch can perform terribly wrong. Even the littlest of errors can cost a life: for example, many think the space shuttle program was a severe hindrance to NASA’s precious time and money. Men had just gone to the moon, and the next culturally understood goal would be Mars. However, due to the decision made by President Nixon, NASA would be grounded for the next couple of decades. The executive branch placed pressure and stress on NASA to perform well within its space shuttle program but gave no budget for it: as a result, two space shuttles, the Columbia and Challenger, blew up due to mistakes that would have been easily noticed in a younger and more youthful administration. In the present day, however, NASA and Roscosmos quickly caught the booster failure in the spacecraft.  The launch ascent was terminated, and the spacecraft came back down in Kazakhstan. Both astronauts were quite safe, were medically checked, and Hague is expected to return to Houston next week. Both NASA and Roscosmos have to prepare full investigations into the problem.  One cannot be surprised if this accident was a result of recent efforts from the current administration to cut NASA’s budget, as Nixon’s administration did. This accident serves as a wake-up call to both NASA and the space community as a whole to self-reflect and improve.

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






About the Writer