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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NASA Delays Mir Trip by 5 Days

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The space shuttle Discovery will be five days late picking up the last NASA astronaut to live on the Mir space station, officials said.

U.S. space agency officials decided Tuesday to delay the launch of Discovery from May 28 to June 2 because launch preparations were running late, Kennedy Space Center spokesman Joel Wells said.

"We had a very tight schedule and it was decided to allow some extra time," he said.

The shuttle is to dock with Mir and pick up Andrew Thomas, NASA's last astronaut of a planned series to live and work on the Russian space outpost. The Australian-born astronaut has been aboard the orbiting outpost since January.

A NASA officials at the Johnson Space Center in Houston said ground controllers in Moscow had been informed of the new launch date but they did not know if Thomas had received the news.

Discovery was being attached to its rocket boosters and a new light-weight fuel tank Tuesday and was to be moved to the launch pad later this week.