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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Another Mir Crew

MOSCOW -- Mir space station, which has orbited the Earth empty since August, may get at least one more crew this year, its builders said Monday.

Mir is due to be scrapped unless Russian officials find funds to keep it aloft. But Sergei Gromov, spokesman for Russia's Energiya rocket builder, said a U.S. firm, Golden Apple, had promised to send $20 million by the end of March to continue the program.

Gromov said the builders had decided to send a crew to Mir in March for a mission lasting at least 45 days.

"It is technically possible to continue the flight. We are waiting for two authorities to confirm the decision. One is the Russian Space Agency, which is holding a meeting on Wednesday, and then the government itself must give consent."