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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cash Crisis Delays Supplies to Mir

Russia's money problems have forced a two-week delay in sending up the next cargo ship to the Mir space station, Itar-Tass reported Friday.

The supply ship, which will carry food, water, fuel and New Year's presents for the crew, was to go up on Oct. 15, but is now scheduled to lift off around the end of October, said Mikhail Sinelshchikov of the Russian Space Agency's manned mission program.

The Progress cargo ship has been completed and is already at the launch site, the Baikonur Cosmodrome in neighboring Kazakhstan, Itar-Tass quoted Sinelshchikov as saying.

However, the space agency has not been able to purchase the Soyuz booster rocket needed to send the cargo ship into orbit, he said.

Mir's current crew, cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Avdeye, have been on board for six weeks.

Money problems have also left the launch date uncertain for next year's flight that will take the last crew to Mir.

That launch has been tentatively scheduled for February.