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Russia sets new date for Mir mission

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  • Jeroen Kumeling
    Russia sets new date for Mir mission March 3, 2000 Web posted at: 12:29 PM EST (1729 GMT) MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia will launch a new mission to the aging Mir
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      Russia sets new date for Mir mission

      March 3, 2000
      Web posted at: 12:29 PM EST (1729 GMT)

      MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia will launch a new mission to the aging Mir space
      station on April 3, three days later than originally planned, a spokeswoman
      for Mission Control said Friday.

      The spokeswoman said the delay was for technical reasons and the original
      March 31 date was only a rough guideline that allowed for schedule changes
      for Soyuz spacecraft launch.

      Earlier Friday, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a spokesman at a space training
      center outside Moscow known as Star City as saying the launch had been
      postponed due to technical reasons. He gave no further details.

      Mir was due to be scuttled this year but got a new lease on life when
      foreign investors agreed to pay $20 million to fund further missions on the
      craft, which currently is unmanned.

      Russia's Western space partners have been worried that plans to prolong the
      life of Mir could divert Russia's scarce funds from a $60 billion project to
      build an International Space Station.

      Acting President Vladimir Putin urged the government Thursday to find funds
      to preserve Mir without sacrificing Russia's role in the International Space
      Station project.

      Russian-built living quarters for the International Space Station, grouping
      the United States, the European Union and Japan, are due to take off from
      Russia's cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan later this year.
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