Bad weather postpones return of three astronauts

Mar 14, 2013 by Vladimir Isachenkov
Crew of the International Space Station (ISS), (L-R) US astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, pose for a photo at the Baikonur cosmodrome, on October 22, 2012 prior to their launch. The return to earth of the three crew was delayed Friday due to harsh conditions at the Kazakhstan landing site, the Russian space agency said

Bad weather is delaying the return of three astronauts from the International Space Station.

The astronauts were scheduled to land in a in central Kazakhstan early Friday morning. But fog and freezing rain prevented Russian rescue helicopters from flying to the touchdown site.

NASA's Kevin Ford and Russians Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin will stay at the space station for at least another day. They've been in space for nearly five months.

The astronauts had already climbed into their capsule and where waiting to close the hatch when Russian officials called off their departure at the last minute. Their return trip is now set for Saturday, when the weather is expected to be better.

Three other astronauts will remain at the space station.

Explore further: The source of the sky's X-ray glow

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Soyuz capsule docks with space Station

Dec 21, 2012

A Soyuz capsule packed with three astronauts successfully docked Friday with the International Space Station, taking the size of the full crew at the orbiting laboratory to six.

US, Russian space trio lands in Kazakhstan

Sep 17, 2012

An international three-man crew onboard a Russian-made Soyuz capsule touched down successfully on the cloudless central Kazakhstan steppe Monday morning after 123 days at the International Space Station.

NASA says Russian space woes no worry

Feb 02, 2012

(AP) -- NASA says it is still confident with the quality of Russian manned rockets, despite an embarrassing series of glitches and failures in the Russian space program.

Recommended for you

Titan offers clues to atmospheres of hazy planets

12 hours ago

When hazy planets pass across the face of their star, a curious thing happens. Astronomers are not able to see any changes in the range of light coming from the star and planet system.

Having fun with the equation of time

12 hours ago

If you're like us, you might've looked at a globe of the Earth in elementary school long before the days of Google Earth and wondered just what that strange looking figure eight thing on its side was.

The source of the sky's X-ray glow

Jul 27, 2014

In findings that help astrophysicists understand our corner of the galaxy, an international research team has shown that the soft X-ray glow blanketing the sky comes from both inside and outside the solar system.

User comments : 0