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    Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos has approved the launch of the Soyuz TMA-21 piloted spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 5.

    Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos has approved the launch of the Soyuz TMA-21 piloted spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 5.

    The launch was originally scheduled for March 30 from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, but it was postponed on Monday due to a glitch in the communications system installed on board the Soyuz, which was caused by a faulty capacitor.

    "A decision has been made to continue the preparation of the spacecraft for launch on April 5 at 02.18 Moscow time [23:18 April 4 GMT]," Roscomos announced after a board meeting on Friday.

    The spacecraft will bring Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyayev and Andrei Borisenko, as well NASA astronaut Ronald Garan, to the ISS.

    They will join the current crew comprising Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev, European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli and NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman.

     

    MOSCOW, March 19 (RIA Novosti)

     

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