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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mir Funding Discussed

MOSCOW -- Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko and Russian Space Agency director general Yury Koptev were to meet Thursday evening to discuss financing for the Mir space station, the agency's press service said.

About 1.3 billion rubles ($210 million) are required for the station's further operation. The money is needed to organize the 26th mission to Mir, to lift off Aug. 13, and the 27th -- the last -- mission due to take off in February 1999. The last mission will control the space station's descent from orbit.

Kiriyenko and Koptev were also to consider funding for the project to build a service module for the future International Space Station. The module is being constructed by the Energiya space rocket corporation. The government owes the firm 2.8 billion rubles for this year and a total of 3.2 billion rubles for work in 1997 and 1998.