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New Cosmonauts, Old Station
News story originally written on August 13, 1997

Two Mir crewmembers are heading home after an eventful stay on the space station. Cosmonauts Vasily Tsibliyev and Alexander Lazutkin are leaving Mir in a Soyuz capsule early Thursday morning and should land in Russia three hours later. They are being replaced by Anatoly Solovyov and Pavel Vinogradov, two cosmonauts who arrived on the station last week. U.S. astronaut Mike Foale will stay through September, when Wendy Lawrence will replace him.

The new crewmembers will try to repair the damage caused by the June collision with a cargo ship. They were going to perform a spacewalk inside the damaged Spektr lab module on August 20th to try and restore more of the station's power. Unfortunately, the spacewalk has been delayed due to a main computer breakdown.A spacewalk will be necessary at some point because there is no air in the module; it leaked out through a coin-sized hole caused by the collision.


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