RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY’S MIR SPACE STATION PACIFIC PLUNGE ON TRACK

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RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY’S MIR SPACE STATION PACIFIC PLUNGE ON TRACK

MELBOURNE, Australia (December 2, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Russia's space agency has confirmed plans to ditch the aging Mir space station in the southeastern part of the Pacific between February 26 and 28 of next year.

Space agency chief Yury Koptev told journalists at mission control near Moscow that preparations for Mir's descent into the Pacific were proceeding according to plan.

He said the operation would begin at the start of next month, when a cargo ship would be dispatched to the station to give it two last boosts toward earth.

Most of the Soviet-era station is expected to burn upon re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.

The rest of the station will plunge into the sea.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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