. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mir Relief Delayed

MOSCOW () -- Stuck in space with toilets close to overflowing, the three-man Russian-American crew of the Mir space station suffered another blow when they learned that the arrival of their relief crew had been postponed.


Itar-Tass quoted officials at mission control outside Moscow on Thursday as saying the launch of the replacement team, two Russians and a German, had been put back to February from Dec. 15.


The postponement was caused by financial problems which had delayed production of the Soyuz booster rockets needed for such launches, meaning none was available, it said.


U.S. astronaut John Blaha and his two Russian colleagues, Valery Korzun and Alexander Koleri, have been on board the 10-year-old Mir since Sept. 19.