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Astronaut Rescue Exercise
Members of the 308th Rescue Squadron “Guardian Angels” get ready to sail home after descending into the Atlantic Ocean using rescue equipment that was also airdropped from a C-17 Globmaster III during a NASA astronaut recovery exercise Jan. 14 near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Air Force Reserve pararescuemen, combat rescue officers and survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists trained in their specialty as part of a NASA Commercial Crew Program and Air Force 45th Operations Group Detachment 3 test of capability to recover astronauts quickly and safely in the event of they would need to abort their spacecraft. Det. 3, the Department of Defense's Human Space Flight Support Office, is the only full time staff that coordinates and trains personnel to support human spaceflight contingencies. Det. 3 supports all NASA human spaceflight missions, including Soyuz, Commercial Crew, and Orion, and consists of Air Force and Navy military and civilian personnel from a wide variety of specialties. (U.S Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens) (Released)

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