[sarex] EXP 14 CREW EXTENDED ONE MONTH
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Astronauts currently working on the International Space Station will
have their six-month mission extended by another month to avoid early
spring flooding on the Kazakh steppe, where they are due to land, a
Russian space official said last Wednesday.
According to a revised schedule, U.S. astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria
and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin of the Expedition 14 crew, who
began working on the world's sole orbital station September 20, will
return to Earth in April instead of March.
They will be joined by the fifth space tourist on their return trip,
Hungarian-born American software billionaire Charles Simonyi, who is
expected to arrive at the ISS with the 15th crew.
The flooding makes it "extremely hard to find a dry place for a capsule
with astronauts to land on, and landing on a flooded steppe may be quite
dangerous," he said.
European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter of Germany, who has been
on board the station since July, will work as part of the Expedition 14
crew until December and will then hand off to astronaut Sunita Williams.
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