Launch of the manned spaceship Soyuz TMA-20

Launch of the manned spaceship Soyuz TMA-20 with the next International Space Station (ISS) crew will be postponed from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15, the head of the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Friday.

The event was postponed because Soyuz TMA-20’s descent vehicle was damaged while being transported to Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan.

Specialists from State-controlled company RKK Energia managed to replace the damaged capsule in two days.

“We have done practically all the main [repair] – we had to return part of the spacecraft to RKK Energia and bring the back-up copy of the descent vehicle to Baikonur,” Anatoly Perminov said.

Soyuz TMA-20 will deliver Dmitry Kondratyev, Catherine Coleman and Paolo Nespoli to ISS from Baikonur.

The Russian Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft with three crew members on board successfully landed in Kazakhstan in late September. (PNA/RIA Novosti)

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