For the first time, both the astronautand his wife share dramatic details about a in October. Hague was in a Soyuz rocket heading for the International Space Station (ISS) when a massive booster miss forced her to abandon the mission in the midst of flight, 31 miles above the Earth.
"It went perfectly for the first two minutes," Hague told CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann. "And then suddenly there was this violent shaking from side to side … And the alarm goes off And I see a red light that comes on and says that you've had an emergency with the booster."
Hague now sees the October launch as a success that comes with a failure. A broken sensor had cost him his mission, but he was alive. He and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin landed safely.
"They were supposed to be up for six months, they were back on Earth in 20 minutes," Strassmann said. "What did you say?"
"Looking out the window, seeing space, seeing the earth's curvature and just this split second of the utmost disappointment that it will not happen ̵
His shot in the 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," said Catie. "I know something went wrong."
But she said she did not fear the worst.
"I think I sincerely excluded that," said Catie.
In a marriage of 18 years has never had such a moment.
"What struck me was how long this hug lasted," Strassmann said, referring to the reunion of Hague and Catie.
"Yes, it was a long time," said Catie. "And I'm pretty sure I said something," This could be a reason for the divorce. And please never do that to me again. "… I just did not want to let him go."
"You know at that moment:" Hey, that could have been really bad. And I'm so happy and thankful and happy that I stand here and hold you. "" The Hague said.
At that time, Hague admits he was worried that he had lost his only chance in space. In February, NASA will give him a second chance at the space station.
"Life does not always work the way you planned it, and most of the time, you define how you can recover from it," Hague said.
Hague hopes to spend six months on the International Space Station during scientific experiments. Of course, Catie said that she will be nervous. But both believe in what he does, and that this time all the millions of little things that have to be done right will be right.
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