[FPSPACE] More on MirCorp
Fri, 22 Sep 2000 16:26:32 +0000
Dwayne Allen Day wrote:
> The MSNBC article is more interesting to me, because it points out that
> the Russians have discussed de-orbiting Mir next year, possibly by
Is it even possible to deorbit Mir by February, considering the
amount of orbit raising done in 2000?
> This would be BEFORE Titov or the winner of the "Destination
> Mir" contest could fly (consolation prize for "Destination Mir" might be a
> trip to Siberia instead?).
The last MirNews says that Tito [no "v" at the end] is supposed to
fly in January.
> Some of the comments in the MSNBC article are kinda odd. Did aides to
> Energia president Semenov *really* say that if Mir fell down, Dennis Tito
> and the "Destination Mir" winner could be shifted to the International
> Space Station?!! (And if they did, they need to lay off the sauce.)
They could put them in the third seat of one of the Soyuz
> But the most interesting part of the article to me is the concession by
> MirCorp spokesman Jeffrey Lenorovitz that "if MirCorp in the next few
> months doesn't find more funds, Mir will be deorbited." He also said that
> MirCorp might downsize its plans to fly two long-duration missions.
The last MirNews says that there is no money to fly two
long-durations missions, with Tito being flown during the change, so
they'll launch him on a 10 to 14 days mission. They also gave up
teaching Tito Russian and will instead fly two English-speaking
cosmonauts on his flight (Musabayev and Baturin, IIRC).