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Soyuz Docks With Space Station After Delay

International Space Station (ISS) International Space Station (ISS)
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International Space Station (ISS)
International Space Station (ISS)
A Russian space capsule ferrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut has docked at the International Space Station (ISS) after a two-day delay.

The Soyuz craft carrying Russia's Aleksandr Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and NASA's Steve Swanson blasted off from Kazakhstan on March 26 local time for what was supposed to be a six-hour "fast track" to the space station.

But some two hours after launch, the capsule failed to fire its maneuvering engines as planned, forcing a delay to the next docking opportunity on March 27.

Since retiring its fleet of space shuttles in 2011, the United States is dependent on Russia to fly its astronauts to the station, a service that costs NASA more than $63 million per person.
 
 
With reporting by AP and Reuters 

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