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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Mir Crew Delayed




MOSCOW -- The next crew to the Mir space station will blast off on Aug. 13 -- 10 days later than planned because the Russian government failed to pay its electricity bills, officials said Wednesday.


The Russian space program has been struggling to survive amid a cash shortage so desperate that officials have even discussed abandoning Mir next month.


Yury Semyonov head of the state-run RKK Energiya corporation, which runs Mir, said the next launch has been postponed because of a two-week power blackout at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which Russia leases from the former Soviet republic of Kazakstan.