Looking down on the Mir. Looks like it will still be flying for years to come.
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Will the ISS Ever Be Done?
News story originally written on January 25, 2000
The International Space Station continues to float around in space without its service module. A private investor has decided to fund the Mir space station. The Russian government has decided to use the rockets and boosters that were originally for the ISS, for the Mir.
The government will have a difficult time replacing the equipment because of a lack of funding. They plan to launch a ship carrying cargo and the module in late July. The U.S. is still asking Russia to give up on the 14 year old station and concentrate on the ISS. But Russian officials are determined to keep their last piece of space history in orbit as long as possible.
The Mir has not had any guests since August, 1999. Unless funding was found, the ship was going to slowly fall through Earth's atmosphere and crash into the ocean. Now the Mir will be renovated and tourists may visit it for a large fee.
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