Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Nasa confident in Russian rockets

Six astronauts will spend a few extra weeks at the International Space Station after problems with a Russian Soyuz rocket

Nasa says it is still confident with the quality of Russian manned rockets, despite an embarrassing series of glitches and failures in the Russian space programme.

A leak developed recently during a test of the next Soyuz capsule scheduled to launch astronauts to the International Space Station.

Russian space officials have decided not to use it, delaying upcoming launches. This comes after a series of failures in unmanned Russian rockets.

Nasa relies solely on Russia to take crews to the space station.

The six crew members at the space station will now spend a few extra weeks in space.

Nasa space station manager Michael Suffredini said he still considers the Soyuz rocket the world's most reliable space system.

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