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The Space Station Saga Continues
News story originally written on July 16, 1997
The two cosmonauts on space station Mir were scheduled to perform a spacewalk on July 18th to fix the damages caused by the June 25th crash. More troubles have struck the station though! Russian flight commander Vasily Tsibliev told flight surgeons on Monday that he was experiencing heart problems.
Tsibliev said his heartbeat feels strange. He blames the problem on stress caused by the earlier crash.
Russian officials said that Tsibliev's condition does not appear serious. However, they do not want him to help in any long (4-5 hours) spacewalks.
This leaves two options. The first is that astronaut Michael Foale could step in and take Tsibliev's place in the spacewalk. Secondly, the new Mir crew scheduled to arrive on August 5th could perform the task. It is unclear which option will be chosen.
Russia is determined to press on with Mir missions until 1999.
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