MOSCOW, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- The date and location for the landing of the Russian manned spaceship Soyuz has been brought forward by a day due to weather conditions, federal space agency Roscosmos said Wednesday.
"The landing of the manned Souyz TMA-10M spacecraft planned for March 12 has been moved to March 11," Roscosmos said, citing weather conditions in the area initially chosen for the change.
The weather forecast predicts that the spring melting of deep snow around the town of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan might trigger flooding that could hamper the search and rescue operations.
A new landing site has been selected near the Kazakh city of Dzhezkazgan. The date of the Soyuz's return to Earth was changed due to ballistic requirements.
In 2010, the landing of the Soyuz TMA-19 was also moved to an earlier date because Kazakhstan closed its aerospace for the duration of the summit of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe.
Soyuz TMA-10M was launched on Sept. 26, 2013. It will transport back to Earth with two Russian and one U.S. member of the International Space Station crew.