NBC assigned a reporter to cover the weekend's near-disaster in Kazakhstan and even then it did not send Tom Costello to the steppe but had him narrate footage from his base in Washington. The drama concerned Russia's Soyuz spacecraft. It crash landed 300 miles off course, starting a brush fire upon impact after "falling far steeper and faster than it was supposed to, possibly exposing the crew to a crushing 10Gs, twice what is normal." Soyuz was returning from the International Space Station when it failed to rotate so it would hit the atmosphere heat shield first: "It is the second time in six months that Soyuz has failed to separate on reentry." Costello pointed out that NASA's Space Shuttle will be grounded in 2010 and thereafter the suddenly sketchy Soyuz will be the sole ferry for the Space Station.
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