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Stuck in space: Astronauts unable to return to Earth

US astronaut Peggy Whitson waits for news about the landing of the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft at the Zhezkazgan airport in Kazakhstan on September 24, 2010. (Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated, Monday, 7 a.m.

The three astronauts stuck in space made in safely back to earth on Saturday. American astronaut Tracy Caldwell-Dyson and Russia's Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko had trouble undocking their spacecraft due to a signaling error on the onboard computer board.

Friday, 1:50 p.m.
Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson were stuck in space last night. They were unable to unhook their shuttle from the international space station due to a fault in the docking system. Though they were not in any immediate danger, there were six crew members on the station and only three available evacuation hatches if an emergency arose.

It all sounds like a premise for a new Danny Boyle film and is just another reason why I will not be lining up to buy a ticket on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.

I'll update with more information on the astronauts as it comes.

By Melissa Bell  | September 24, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
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