Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will have to wait a little longer before blasting off for a six-month visit to the International Space Station.
He says his launch on a Russian spacecraft with NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko will now take place two weeks later than planned.
The three were originally scheduled to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 5.
Hadfield explained that a Russian Soyuz will be visiting the space station in a couple of weeks and that trips by a couple of resupply ships are also planned.
The 53-year-old astronaut says his launch is now tentatively set for the morning of December 19.
Hadfield made the comments on Monday during his last visit to the Montreal-area Canadian Space Agency before his upcoming space trip.
The Canadian Press