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High winds delay ISS astronauts’ return to Earth

A capsule carrying four astronauts home will leave the International Space Station tomorrow rather than today, NASA says, blaming high winds at the landing site for the delay.

The group, consisting of France’s Thomas Pesquet, Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide and US spacefarers Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, will undock at 1905 GMT tomorrow.

Dubbed Endeavour, their Crew Dragon capsule built by private company SpaceX is expected to arrive off the Florida coast.

In orbit on the space station since April 24, the Crew-2 astronauts will still return to solid ground before the arrival of the next four-person mission to the ISS.

Crew-3 has also been delayed several times, including by bad weather.

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