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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mir Crew Discussed

MOSCOW -- The crew that will travel to the Mir space station for the last time next February may include a European astronaut, Alain Fournier-Sicre, the head of the European Space Agency, said on Friday.

Talks between the Russian and European space agencies on this issue are under way, he said.

The February crew will prepare the station for leaving orbit and crashing into the Pacific Ocean next year unless funds for continuing its operation are found in time.

The last crew left the station on Aug. 28, having switched off nearly all of Mir's systems. Some of these can be put back into operation at any time.