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Spaceship fixed after incident

01 December 2010, 19:11

Moscow - Russia's space chief says a space capsule damaged during transportation to the launch pad has been repaired and is safe to fly.

Anatoly Perminov said that the Soyuz TMA-20 was sent back to the manufacturer after an incident in October. He said that the check revealed no damage to the ship's systems, but some components had been replaced anyway to make it absolutely safe.

Soyuz spacecraft are assembled in Korolyov just outside Moscow and then transported by rail to the manned space launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, about 2 000km to the southeast.

The Soyuz TMA-20 is set to blast off on December 15 to ferry a crew of Russian Dmitry Kondratyev, US astronaut Catherine Coleman and the European Space Agency's Paolo Nespoli to the international space station.

- AP


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