[FPSPACE] At 97 km does Nick Hague get the USAF 'astronaut wings'?

Phillip Clark phillipclark at btinternet.com
Thu Dec 13 23:07:02 EST 2018

No, he should not.   The international limit for space is 100 km and Russian data – and after all it’s their spacecraft, their rocket and they have all of the flight information – indicate that Soyuz-MS 10 only reached 93 km.   “Close but no cigar” is the American phrase, I believe.


The 80 km “limit” should be ignored until it is internationally recognised.   After all, it is only advantageous, coincidentally, to a few American “pretend astronauts”.


Phillip Clark


From: FPSPACE <fpspace-bounces at mail.friends-partners.org> On Behalf Of JAMES E OBERG
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Subject: [FPSPACE] At 97 km does Nick Hague get the USAF 'astronaut wings'?


This is an excellent discussion of the issue over defining 'where space begins, 100 km or 80 km or somewhere else. Not mentioned is an even more relevant event, two months ago, when a Soyuz manned launched failed while reaching 97km into space before falling back. The American on board, Nick Hague, is a USAF Colonel. Does he get the USAF 'astronaut wings' even though a NASA spokesman has declared "NASA does not consider the mission a 'space flight'."  


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