Points to Remember:
- Russia has decorated NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who survived an aborted space launch last year, with one of its highest honours, the Order of Courage, a Kremlin decree said.
- Hague and Alexey Ovchinin survived after being forced to eject and make an emergency landing as the Soyuz rocket had failed minutes after blast-off in Kazakhstan last year.
- It was the first such accident in Russia’s post-Soviet history.
- The Order of Courage is one of Russia’s top state awards and is often given posthumously.
- Space exploration is one of the few areas in which cooperation between Russia and the United States has not been undermined by tensions over Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere.
- Capital: Moscow
- President: Vladimir Putin
- Prime Minister: Dmitry Medvedev
- Currency: Russian ruble
Important Possible questions based on above News:
- Recently, which astronaut has been awarded with one of Russia’s highest honours ‘the Order of Courage’? Nick Hague
- Which nation has decorated NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who survived an aborted space launch last year, with one of its highest honours, the Order of Courage? Russia