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Roscosmos announces new ISS mission schedule

The Soyuz craft current docked to the station has been moved to a different docking port to make room for another Soyuz arriving in September.

Russian space agency Roscosmos announced on Tuesday that its missions involving the International Space Station (ISS) have been rescheduled.

According to Sputnik International, six more launches have been rescheduled to occur in 2015. The reordering of launch schedules comes in response to a cargo ship delivery failure that occurred on April 28, when a Progress M27-M craft bound for the ISS with supplies spun out of control and was ultimately lost.

Two astronauts and one cosmonaut were scheduled to return to Earth from the ISS on May 14 but their flight was delayed until an investigation of the Progress failure could be completed.

The crew consisting of NASA commander Terry Virts, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Russian pilot Anton Shkaplerov is expected to return from the ISS on June 11. A new expedition to the ISS, originally scheduled for May 26, will launch in late July.

Spaceflight Now reports that the late July launch will include NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japanese flight engineer Kimiya Yui. The three-person crew is expected to arrive at the ISS in a Soyuz TMA-17M space capsule between July 23 and July 25.

The first of six scheduled Roscosmos flights is slated to launch on July 3, moved up from its original date of August 6. The July 3 launch will use an older version of the Soyuz booster, similar to the Soyuz rocket involved in the April loss, but with a slightly different design that is considered unsusceptible to the malfunction that caused the Progress cargo capsule to be lost in April.

Kathy Fey

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Kathy Fey is a freelance writer with a creative writing degree from Mount Holyoke College. She is an active blogger and erstwhile facilitator of science and engineering programs for children.
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Kathy Fey is a freelance writer with a creative writing degree from Mount Holyoke College. She is an active blogger and erstwhile facilitator of science and engineering programs for children.