NASA’s next space station crew undaunted in goal of making it to space despite October mission failure

The last time NASA astronaut Nick Hague tried to launch into orbit in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, things did not go well.

A rocket booster malfunction shook the spacecraft violently from side to side. The g-force thrusted him back against his seat. His vision became blurry and he felt a perceived tumbling sensation in his head from the acceleration and deceleration.

And yet, when Hague was asked Wednesday what one task he most looks forward to accomplishing in his next launch in February, he didn’t miss a beat.

“For me, it’s getting to orbit,” Hague said at a news a conference at Johnson Space Center, to hearty audience laughter.