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Russia to End U.S. Space Station Rides in April, Pressuring NASA

  • U.S. agency’s commercially-led shuttle project has seen delays
  • Boeing, SpaceX test flights with crew scheduled for next year
Russia's Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, carrying the members of the ISS expedition 56/57, launches on June 6. 

Russia's Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, carrying the members of the ISS expedition 56/57, launches on June 6. 

Photographer: Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP via Getty Images

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Russia’s contract to supply Soyuz ferry rides for NASA astronauts to the International Space Station ends in April, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters on Friday.

The expiration piles additional pressure on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to restore its own capability to shuttle U.S. crew members back and forth to the orbiting lab. The space agency is contracting with Boeing Co. and SpaceX to develop new vehicles to transport astronauts, but the work has been plagued by delays.