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Soyuz Rocket Arrives Safely to International Space Station

Mar 29, 2014 11:38 AM EDT | By Justin Stock
Soyuz Rocket, International Space Station, NASA

The three astronauts on the Soyuz Rocket arrived at the International Space Station Friday after a technical glitch kept them at bay for two extra days The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The delay also forced the astronauts to change their route from 34 rotations around the Earth rather than the intended four, which they originally mapped out.

One of the rocket's thrusters reportedly did not aid in helping the capsule arrive to the station The Morning Herald reported.

"It could be mathematics, it could be a transmitter problem or that the engine choked. But most likely it was a mathematical problem," Vitaly Lopota President of the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia told the Interfax News Agency.

Lopota is also a general designer, technical manager for flight tests of patrolled space systems according to information on the corporation's website.

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 Steve Swanson, and Russian astronauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are on the six month journey at station, which they came to via a fast track method of travel that reportedly has only been used four previous times

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 Sunday 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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