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- Sciences:Astronomy & Space
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leaving the station unmanned. Russia has said it may return to Mir if it finds more funds for the programme, but Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov said last month that Mir had fulfilled its goals and should be abandoned gracefully.
The Mir station, for years the pride of Russia's space programme, suffered several major mishaps in recent years, although it has functioned reliably for several months.
The United States wants Russia to abandon Mir to focus its resources on the International Space Station, which is scheduled to receive its first crew next year. Russia is using its Mir experience to build key parts of the $60 billion new station, but Moscow has run into major delays.
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