October 11, 2008
Space Station Crew Might Not Be Expanded
Plans to add crew members to the International Space Station might be delayed, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said Saturday.
RIA Novosti reported the space agency is considering a boost the number of astronauts on the space station from three to six in 2009.
Perminov said he would discuss the possible delay next week with Jean-Jacques Dordain, the head of the European Space Agency.
Russia is to launch a crew of three -- including U.S. astronaut Mike Fincke, Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov and U.S. space tourist Richard Garriott -- to the International Space Station Sunday.