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Re: starship-design: Mir being brought down?

In a message dated 11/17/00 4:24:20 PM Pacific Standard Time, KellySt@aol.com

In a message dated 11/17/00 3:53:39 PM, stk@sunherald.infi.net writes:

>Hello All:
>I heard that Mir is supposed to be 'brought down' (burned up in
>atmosphere) in or around February. The last I heard, the Russians were
>planning to renovate it and use it for a few more years. ??? Anyone know
>what caused them to change their minds? Or have I heard wrong?
>--Kyle R. Mcallister

You heard right.  Best guess they didn't want to say they might bring it
down, for fear it would scare away investors.  But they didn't get any
anyway, so they can't afford to renovate and maintain it.


Pardon my igorance, but it would seem a simple solution to join MIR with our
station and when an old space shuttle is on it's last flight send two joining
a empty shuttle and returning the crew on the second. Volume of space station
is increased about 4 fold and maybe room for me. Cost per pound to earth
orbit is a limiting factor so it would seem what goes up does not have to
come down.