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The Space Station Saga Continues (Updated!)
News story originally written on July 22, 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. Tsibliev and flight engineer Lazutkin will return August 14th after their 7 month stay on Mir.
New recovery plans include a spacewalk inside the damaged laboratory on August 20th and outside Mir on September 3rd. The spacewalk will be done by two cosmonauts, who will arrive at Mir August 7th.
U.S. astronaut Foale will remain on Mir until his replacement Wendy Lawrence arrives mid-September aboard shuttle Atlantis.
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