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Mir Breathes a Sigh of Relief
News story originally written on August 26, 1997

The Mir space station has been plagued with problems this year. In February, the crew battled a fire that burst from an oxygen canister. In March and April, Mir had oxygen and cooling system breakdowns and leaks. The collision in June was a serious problem. July and August brought their own problems: Commander Tsibliyev's heart problems and a computer system failure.

Finally, Mir seems to be enjoying the calm after the storm! The oxygen system aboard Mir has been fixed. The internal spacewalk that happened this past week was successful. The spacewalk helped the station regain power sources that had been lost during the collision.

The two cosmonauts and one U.S. astronaut aboard Mir have confidence in their damaged home. When reflecting on their current situation and recent spacewalk, astronaut Foale said, "This is a super day. We carried out everything we set out to do and more. This is an excellent demonstration of how fixable the...system is here on the space station Mir. Well done, everybody!"

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