The soyuz, carrying three astronauts - Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, and American Steve Swanson - plus supplies for the ISS, was unable to complete the docking procedure due to a slight glitch which led to a 24-second engine burn not taking place. Although the crew members are not in any danger, it does mean an extended stay in their capsule while they wait for the next possible docking tomorrow, Thursday at 7.58p.m ET.
Since the retirement of the US space shuttles in 2011, American astronauts have been reliant on Russian spacecraft to transport them to and from the International Space Station. With recent and mounting tensions between east and west following the Ukraine/Crimea crisis, and sanctions being imposed, it is good to see that, thus far, the cooperation in space does not seem to have been affected – and long may this continue!
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