Russia to restart manned Soyuz flights

Russia says manned flights to the International Space Station, suspended since the August failure of a Soyuz rocket, will resume Nov. 12.The Russian space agency Roskosmos, investigating an engine failure that sent an unmanned cargo carrier crashing into Siberia in August, said it has identified and corrected a production line defect, the BBC reported Wednesday.

All flights, manned and unmanned, had been grounded during the investigation.Roskosmos officials said they would launch an unmanned mission Oct. 30 before the planned manned flight.If the launch is successful, Russia’s ISS partners  the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan will have the confidence to reinstate manned flights, Roskosmos officials said.Since the end of the American space shuttle program in July, the Soyuz has been the only means of getting astronauts to the ISS and back to Earth.

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