MIR SPACE STATION SPLASHDOWN PUT BACK  March 9, 2001

MIR
SPACE STATION SPLASHDOWN PUT BACK 

MELBOURNE, Australia (March 9, 2001 – Radio Australia)---The controlled de-orbit of the Mir space station into the Pacific Ocean has been pushed back to between the 17th and 23rd of this month. 

Emergency Management Australia says Russian officials decided to allow Mir to drop lower before applying braking impulses, in order to increase control over re-entry.

The remains of the space station are due to splash down into the Pacific Midway between New Zealand and Chile. 

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

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