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01/22/2000

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Mir Computer Started In Preparation for Crew

The Flight Control Center in Korolyov managed to turn on the Mir station's main computer Friday, clearing what space officials said was the last hurdle on their drive to send another crew to the aged scientific outpost. The center's spokesman Valery Lyndin said in a telephone interview that specialists have already begun uploading ""various necessary"" commands into the computer, including one that will activate Mir's engines. ""The computer is behaving well and now there is no other hurdle left"" to stop commander Sergei Zaletin and engineer Alexander Kaleri from taking off March 30, Lyndin said. The Russian government on Thursday approved the flight and agreed to extend the station's life through August. Lyndin said the center might go ahead and order the Mir computer to fire up the station's engines on Friday evening to stop it rotating and get it oriented along three axes. Such a three-axis orientation is optimal for manned flights of Mir, he said.

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