US Space Tourist's Return Put Off By A Day


Friday, April 3rd 2009, 5:24 am
By: News On 6


MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's space agency says a Soyuz capsule carrying a U.S. billionaire from his second flight to the international space station will return to Earth a day later than originally planned.

The Federal Space Agency says former Microsoft executive Charles Simonyi is now set to land in Kazakhstan next Wednesday following a two-week flight.

The chief of Russia's Aviation and Space Rescue Service said Friday that the landing was postponed because the originally designated site is affected by spring flooding. Mikhail Polukhin said the prospective landing site was moved further south.

Sixty-year-old Simonyi will return to Earth with U.S. astronaut Mike Fincke and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov. Simonyi is the world's first 2-time space tourist. He first flew to space in 2007.

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