Kyrgyzstan was threatened with missiles for hosting US airbase, president saysWorld July 24, 9:56
IMF confirms recovery of Russia's economy in 2017Business & Economy July 24, 8:47
Russian Interior Ministry to control 13 more new psychotropics, drug-containing plantSociety & Culture July 24, 2:54
MAKS-2017 airshow yields contracts to over $6bln - Russian ministry of industry and tradeBusiness & Economy July 23, 23:48
Russian consumer rights watchdog chief names cities with highest HIV ratesSociety & Culture July 23, 21:41
Serbian filmmaker Kustirica says Crimea’s reunification with Russia is natural processSociety & Culture July 23, 21:40
Israeli embassy in Amman attacked by terrorists, some people wounded - TVWorld July 23, 21:35
Boxing Day on Red Square sets new Guinness recordSport July 23, 8:33
Joseph Dunford says Russia most military capable country of those posing threat to USWorld July 23, 4:57
MOSCOW, May 14. /TASS/. Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev or another young cosmonaut may fly onboard the Soyuz spacecraft instead of British singer Sarah Brightman if no new space tourist shows up in the coming days, a source in the rocket and space sector said on Thursday.
"The Space Adventures company has just several days or a week left to find another tourist. Otherwise, anyone of young cosmonauts who have not traveled into space will be sent on flight, for example, Prokopyev," the source said.
Another source told TASS that the vacant seat in Soyuz should not be occupied due to the loss of Progress M-27M cargo ship in late April. This will allow delivering to the orbit and then taking back to the Earth some 100 kilograms of cargo.
Earlier this week, Brightman announced that she had to delay her flight to the International Space Station (ISS) scheduled for September for "personal family reasons."
The singer expressed her gratitude to Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, Energia, GCTC [Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center], Star City, NASA and all the cosmonauts and astronauts, "for their support during this exciting time in her life.".