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01/14/2000

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Space Agency Revs Up For Return Trip to Mir

Russia will send another crew to Mir next March, but the mission will last less than two months unless the station's operator manages to wrestle more cash from the federal government to extend the life of the aging scientific outpost, experts said Thursday. The top brass of the Russian Aviation and Space Agency agreed Wednesday formally to endorse a proposal by Mir's operator, Energia, to send Commander Sergei Zaletin and Engineer Alexander Kareli to Mir. Actor Vladimir Steklov may also join the crew to be filmed for a movie if his producers find enough cash, Energia spokesman Sergei Gromov said. Space agency director General Yury Koptev told reporters Wednesday that the crew will fly to Mir, which has been orbiting the Earth unmanned since August, on March 30 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A Progress-M1 cargo ship will take off from Baikonur on Jan.

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