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Russia delays missions to and from space station

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian news agencies say the country's space agency is delaying both the return of astronauts from the International Space Station and the launch of the next mission to the orbiting laboratory.
The announcements came after last week's failure of the launch of an unmanned supply ship to the space station. The craft Soyuz rocket sending it into space failed about five minutes after launch.
The news agencies RIA Novosti, ITAR-Tass and Interfax on Monday quoted the head of Roscosmos's manned space operations, Alexei Krasnov, as saying the return of three astronauts from the ISS was being put off from Sept. 8 to about the 16th while the next launch to the space station, scheduled for Sept. 22 would be delayed until the end of October or early November.


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