Russia postpones next manned launch to ISS

September 16, 2011
A Soyuz rocket spacecraft is positioned on the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, 2005. Russia said the next manned launch taking astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) would take place two days later than previously announced, on November 14.

Russia on Friday said the next manned launch taking astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) would take place two days later than previously announced, on November 14.

"The next manned launch is planned for November 14," the head of the Vladimir Popovkin said at the flight control centre, cited by the Interfax news agency.

The launch, which had been set for November 12, will be watched closely after a cargo ship taking supplies to the ISS failed to reach orbit and crashed to Earth in August.

Russia responded by freezing launches while it investigated the crash, which it later blamed on a block in the fuel supply of the Soyuz carrier rocket that was supposed to blast the ship into orbit.

Another cargo ship will set off for the ISS on November 30, Popovkin said.

Since the closure of the United States shuttle programme, Russia is the only country able to send into space.

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GDM
not rated yet Sep 16, 2011
...still looking for volunteers...
(sorry, just couldn't help myself. Hope the flight goes perfectly)

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