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Space crew's return to earth delayed

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They’ve spent almost six months in space thanks to the most advanced technology – now a simple mechanical problem has delayed their return to Earth.

The three crew members aboard the International Space Station climbed into a Soyuz capsule for the descent. But clamps on the docking port failed to open, despite repeated efforts to put things right.

The two Russians -Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Korniyenko, plus NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell – will now have to stay put for another 24 hours according to mission control near Moscow.

It’s the Russians’ first voyage into space.

A spokesman said there’d be no “undocking” today – adding that there was “no technical problem on the station or anywhere” that would threaten the crew.

Landing is now due to take place early tomorrow morning.