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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mir Shares Proposed

MOSCOW -- A prominent cosmonaut on Monday offered a new tactic for preserving the Mir space station: selling shares to foreigners.

Cosmonaut Vitaly Sevastyanov, who is in charge of the fund raising for Mir, has suggested selling a share of the station to a foreign country or organization to earn money for the its upkeep.

Sevastyanov may have been referring to sales of some of the government's shares in the state-controlled RKK Energia company, which built and has been running the 13-year-old station. But the government is unlikely to part with a controlling stake in one of the bulwarks of Russia's space industry.

Sevastyanov mentioned China, India and Pakistan as potential customers.