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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mir Mission Planned

MOSCOW -- The Russian Space Agency on Wednesday said it plans to send two cosmonauts and possibly a movie actor to the Mir space station this spring.

Under the agency's plan, which must be approved by the Cabinet, cosmonauts Sergei Zaletin and Alexander Kaleri are to blast off for Mir on March 30 for a mission that would last for at least 45 days, space agency spokesman Sergei Gorbunov said.

Mir has been flying unmanned since its last crew left in August, and the government may abandon the nearly 14-year-old station if private investors do not come up with funds by March.

The cosmonauts may travel to Mir in the company of Vladimir Steklov, an actor set to star in a movie about a cosmonaut unwilling to abandon the space station. The movie idea would involve the crew acting as cameramen while director Yury Kara would work from Mission Control.

The Cabinet is to meet on the proposed manned flight on Jan. 20.