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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Official: NASA Overdramatic

A top Russian space official charged Thursday that the U.S. space agency NASA had overdramatized the problems on the Mir space station, which has suffered a string of recent accidents.

Viktor Blagov, deputy chief of the Russian Space Mission Control Center insisted the problems can be fixed soon and don't mean the 11-year-old orbital outpost, designed to last for only five years, has become unsafe.

"We would ask the Americans: What kind of experts are you to think about deserting this unique space platform?'' Blagov said in a phone interview. "There always is some risk, but we're not fools to neglect real danger if there is any.''

As he spoke, the Russian-American crew on the Mir began repairs Thursday on its main oxygen generator and a thermal control system -- the latest parts to show signs of serious wear and tear.