Colorado astronaut blasts off for Space Station

By: Associated Press
March 26, 2014 Updated: March 26, 2014 at 7:36 am
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photo - U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson, a crew member of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) gestures prior the launch of Soyuz-FG  rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)
U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson, a crew member of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) gestures prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool) 

DENVER — An astronaut from Colorado will have to wait until Thursday before reaching the International Space Station.

A rocket carrying Steve Swanson and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off successfully Wednesday from Kazakhstan but an engine snag has delayed its arrival at the space station.

NASA and Russia's space agency said shortly before the planned docking that the arrival had been delayed after a 24-second engine burn that was necessary to adjust the Soyuz (SAW'-yooz) spacecraft's orbiting path.

Swanson, who is making his third trip to space, grew up un Steamboat Springs and graduated from the University of Colorado. He lives in Houston with his wife Mary and their three children.

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