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11/27/1999

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Duma Devises Plan To Save Aging Mir

State Duma members have come up with a plan to require the Russian Aviation and Space Agency to spend more than 1 billion rubles next year to extend the life of the Mir space station. The space agency says it needs all its government funding for the International Space Station and launches of telecommunications satellites, and Mir will be brought down in early spring unless a private investor is found. The Duma defense industry conversion committee has proposed an amendment to the draft 2000 federal budget requiring that the bulk of 1.5 billion rubles ($57 million) allocated for the ""use and research of space"" be specifically designated for Mir, said Vladimir Petoshin, the committee chief of staff. Committee head Georgy Kostin sent a formal letter Friday to Gennady Seleznyov, the lower house's Communist speaker, requesting the amendment be considered when the Duma takes up the budget next week in the third reading, Petoshin said.

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