Russia delays ISS launch for 'technical reasons'

14th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia is delaying the planned launch of three astronauts to the International Space Station on March 30 due to a technical problem with the spacecraft, space agency Roskosmos said Monday.

The launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is of huge importance to Russia as it comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight by Yuri Gagarin on April 12.

Roskosmos said in a statement a technical problem with one of the Soyuz capsule's systems had been uncovered in testing and as a result the launch had been delayed "until a later date".

Roskosmos did not give a new launch date but the RIA Novosti news agency said delay would not be long and the launch could take place between April 5-7.

© 2011 AFP

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