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.