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Technical Glitch Delays Soyuz Rocket Travels to International Space Station

Mar 27, 2014 01:41 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
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Initially scheduled to arrive to the International Space Station in the wee hours Wednesday, the Soyuz Rocket was hindered by a technical glitch until two days later The Telegraph reported Wednesday.

NASA astronauts Steve Swanson, and Russian astronauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are on the six month journey that is taking them to the station through use of a fast track method of travel that reportedly has only been used four previous times.

The astronauts' route is now also changed from 34 rotations around the Earth rather than the intended four, which they originally mapped out.

"We're three really good friends climbing into a Soyuz (capsule) to fly into space. All politics aside, there's no doubt it's going to work for us.

"It's certainly not in our interest to so alienate Russia that we no longer had access to the station. So, I think the by far most likely outcome is kind of encapsulating the station from the broader political currents," John Lodsdon, a professor emeritus of political science and international affairs at George Washington University told The Telegraph.

NASA depends on Russia to transport astronauts to the International Space Station via the rocket, along with supplying it with proper energy to move around and conduct significant movements.

Logistics are conducted through use of satellites run by solar energy, and ones meant for communication The Telegraph reported.

NASA Astronauts were busy readying Soyuz for its original March 25 launch date while also correcting issues on the Space X Falcon 9 which was grounded by bacteria contamination until what is now a March 30 departure date.

Machinists were worried the bacteria could lose gas leading to greater issues for the rocket Space Flight Now reported.

The rocket has six cargo pieces, two of which are attached to one of its compartments.

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