For the first time, both the astronautand his wife are sharing dramatic details about a in October. Aja was in a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station when a violent forced failure forced them to abandon the mission mid-flight, 31 miles above ground.
"He was going perfect for the first two minutes," he told Mark Strassmann, CBS News correspondent. "And then suddenly there was this violent agitation from side to side … And the alarm goes off, and I see a red light on that says you had an emergency with the booster."
Aja now sees the launch of October as a success wrapped in bankruptcy. A faulty sensor had cost him his mission, but he was alive. He and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin have landed safe and sound
"You should have gone up for six months, you came back to Earth in 20 minutes," said Strassmann. "How was it?"
"Looking out the window and seeing the space and seeing the curve of the Earth and only a second of absolute disappointment is that it will not happen ̵
His stroke in space was also the dream of Catie Hague, his wife and their two young sons.
"And at some point … the announcer stopped announcing and the screens went green and there was nothing," Catie said. "I know something went wrong."
But she said that she did not fear the worst.
"I think I sincerely lied to him," Catie said.
In 18 years of marriage, they never had a moment like this.
"What struck me was the time when that embrace lasted," Strassmann said, referring to when Hague and Catie came together.
"Yes. It was a long one," said Catie. "And I'm pretty sure I said something like:" This could be a divorce case, and please never do that again. "… I did not want to let him go."
" You realize then, "Hey, this could have been really bad. And I'm so lucky, grateful and happy to stay here and hold you," "Aja said.
At the time, Aja admits to being afraid of losing her only chance in space. But in February, NASA will give him a second chance at the space station.
"Life does not always work as planned, and most of the time, what defines you is the way you recover," Hague said.
Aia hopes to spend six months on the International Space Station doing scientific experiments. Catie said, of course, that she will be nervous. But they both believe in what they are doing, and this time all the millions of little things that have to go well will be fine.
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