André Kuipers to stay longer in space

Dutch astronaut André Kuipers is likely to remain longer in space, due to problems with the next Russian rocket to launch to the International Space station.

Russia has decided to postpone the launch until May 15. Kuipers would then already be on his way back to earth.

The European Space Agency, did not receive an official announcement yet from Russia. Therefore ESA can not say whether Kuipers’ mission will be extended, said a spokeswoman.

Russia discovered a leak in a Soyuz capsule last weekend, which will launch the Russians Gennadi Padalka and Sergej Revin and American Joseph Acaba into space.

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