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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Space Developments

MOSCOW -- Russia pledged Thursday to proceed with two major space programs, its own Mir station and a service module for the International Space Station, but said more funds were needed.

The head of the space agency said Mir, which has been orbiting empty for nearly half a year, would continue operating through August with several flights planned.

"A cargo flight will take place on Feb. 1 and a crew will follow in April, with a further cargo ship to go up a month later," Yury Koptev told a reporters.

Koptev also said the delayed launch of the Russian-built living quarters for the space station would take place at the end of July.