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International Space Station crew to stay a month longer than planned

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three astronauts who expected to return to Earth this week after a six-month stint aboard the International Space Station will have to wait a bit longer, according to a news release from NASA.

American astronaut Terry Virts, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov were expected to return this week, but have been asked to remain aboard the station until early June -- roughly an extra month.

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The decision comes after a Russian Progress 59 cargo ship suffered a launch failure that ultimately resulted in the loss of the craft earlier this month.

The next Russian cargo craft, Progress 60, will launch in early July to deliver several tons of food, fuel and supplies.

"The space station has sufficient supplies to support crews until the fall of 2015," the release states.

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