Roscosmos: ISS astronauts to be back on June 11

Three crew members’ return date set after one month extension due to rocket failure

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said on Friday that three astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) will be brought back to earth on June 11. The astronauts’ return date was delayed by a month after rocket failure postponed their return mission.

“Expedition 42/43 returns from the ISS to Earth on June 11," the head of Roscosmos space agency, Igor Komarov was cited by RIA Novosti state news agency.

Komarov also said that Russia would send another supply ship to ISS after the last mission failed in early May due to a rocket failure.

Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, American astronaut Terry Virts and Italian Samantha Cristoforetti were initially set to land on May 12.

However, their departure was delayed after a Soyuz rocket carrying supply cargo crashed back to earth.

Roscosmos stated that the reason was linked to the design of the rocket not the production.

In May, Russia also lost a Mexican satellite due to a failure with its Proton rocket.

In the same month the former head of the company which manufactures the Soyuz rockets was put under house arrest on the grounds of alleged abuse of office over loans.

TRTWorld and agencies