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Bad Weather Delays Return Of Space Station Crew Members

Inclement conditions at a landing site in Kazakhstan means the return of space station crew members has been postponed. (file photo)
The return to Earth of two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut from the International Space Station has been delayed due to bad weather at the landing site in Kazakhstan.

The Russian space agency Roscosmos said the landing of the "Soyuz" capsule has been postponed until at least the morning of March 16 due to a snow storm and icy conditions at the landing zone southeast of the town of Arkalyk.

A final decision on the landing time will be made overnight on March 15-16.

Russians Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin and American Kevin Ford were originally due to land early on March 15.

Novitsky, Tarelkin, and Ford have been aboard the orbiting space station since October.

After their departure, the space station will be manned by a three-man crew -- a Canadian, an American, and a Russian.

Based on reporting by Interfax, AFP, and Reuters