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Mir Plunges into South Pacific Ocean.
March 23, 2001
Mir Plunges into South Pacific Ocean
Space Tourist Negotiations Continue Between NASA and Russia
MIR PLUNGES INTO SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN
The Russian Mir spacestation finally ended its 15-year mission early this morning as it was intentionally deorbited, and crashed into a remote location in the South Pacific Ocean. The crash occurred at approximately 0600 GMT (1:00am EST) at a location of 40 degrees South, 160 degrees West, and initial reports indicate that no damage was caused as the station smashed into the ocean.
Universe Today Coverage of the Mir Reentry
Countdown Creations - Commemorate the long-lived Mir station with your own shirt, flight jacket, or patch.
SPACE TOURIST NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE BETWEEN NASA AND RUSSIA
Officials from the Russian space agency say they are trying to negotiate with NASA to come up with some way for Dennis Tito to get his chance to fly in space. Currently scheduled to launch April 30 with a crew of cosmonauts on board a Soyuz rocket, and then dock with space station Alpha, Tito has been refused training by NASA because of safety concerns - without the training, he won't be able to fly. High level officials from both space agencies are scheduled to meet on April 2-4 to hammer out a compromise, if possible.
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