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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Space Station Delayed

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida () -- The first occupants of the future international space station will arrive months later than planned because of the anticipated delay in launching a critical Russian part, a NASA official said.

NASA astronaut William Shepherd and two Russian cosmonauts were supposed to fly to the international space station in May 1998.

But now they won't get there until October 1998 at the earliest because of the Russians' inability to launch a so-called service module on time, space station program manager Randy Brinkley said Thursday. Brinkley said the Russian Space Agency has told him that a lack of money has left them as much as eight months behind on the module.