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The mothballing of the space shuttle will be mourned by many astronauts, but Russia is relishing the prospect of serving as the only carrier to the International Space Station.
Two Russian cosmonauts making their first flights into space said Sunday they are counting on their U.S. crewmate when the three blast off together for the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts landed safely Wednesday in the snowy expanses of central Kazakhstan after spending five months on the International Space Station.
Krikalyov acknowledged that government funding for design work on a Soyuz successor ship has been insufficient.
He said that the shuttle's ability to carry bulky cargo was key for building the International Space Station, but now smaller ships are able to ferry supplies and components.