Astronaut Rescue Exercise
A C-17 Globemaster III from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 249th Airlift Squadron drops off paratroopers and equipment as part of an astronaut rescue exercise in the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Jan. 14. The 45th Operations Group Detachment 3 joined NASA's Commercial Crew Program and Air Force Reserve pararescuemen, combat rescue officers and survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists to practice recovering astronauts quickly and safely in the event they would need to abort their spacecraft. The small Air Force detachment has served as the liaison between NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, the Air Force and Department of Defense for more than 55 years training men and women of those organizations for launch contingencies and astronaut recovery. (U.S Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens) (Released)

Download Image: Full Size (6.58 MB)
Photo by:  |  VIRIN: 160114-F-UU298-179.jpg