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MIR HAS GONE HOME, FOREVER.
It will never be seen again in our evening and morning skies.
All Planet, and our friends, strongly believed that in the not too distant future, when people are enroute to the moon or Mars, that this monument would be a highlight to fly past.
We are very saddened to see this end of a "First Era" relic destroyed, and although we strongly support the incredible ISS - International Space Station, we wish there could have been a way to not kill off MIR in order to assure full attention to ISS. Times are very hard in Russia, and funding for Space Exploration is always critical. Nonetheless, we felt there could have been a way structured for both to occur, and for Russia to not need to bear any further investment in preserving MIR's orbit, while still being a strong participating party in the ISS project.
The most recent space station to descend over the Pacific was Salyut
The End of Mir - 3/23/01
The Mir space station was 15 years old, and now its
adventure in space is over. The Russian space agency
successfully brought Mir back to earth in a fiery descent
as planned in the South Pacific.
All Planet, Gabreal Franklin and our staff again wishes to thank NASA,
our friends at NASA AMES, the SCIENCE@NASA site, liftoff.msfc.nasa, all
the Russian Cosmonauts and American Astronauts. Additionally,
all the other great folks we have had the pleasure and honor to work with
through the 15 years of this historic mission, and last, but not least,
"Spaseebo!" to Rosaviakosmos [Russian Aviation and Space Agency] Moscow,
Russia, and all the ground support and industries that contributed through
the years to making MIR the exciting success it was.
Click here to see where MIR WOULD HAVE BEEN! at this moment
Click here for an ALL PLANET PRESS RELEASE
from Mar 10, 2001
Excerpts from the
"Mir Dumping" Internation Press Invitation
All Planet Press
Only 600 representatives from 100 Russian and foreign mass media companies got accredited at MCC at the town of Korolev near Moscow.
Besides, over 109 Russian Government officials and embassies representatives from 63 countries expressed their willingness to attend the event at MCC.
Since the major function of the MCC is to control space missions it is not designed to host that many visitors. In fact, the visiting space of the "Mir" Flight Control is too small, so the ISS Flight Control Room and other Flight Control Rooms were used today as well.
The MCC Management would like to offer their appologies in advance for being unable to let all wishing Mass Media representatives to attend the event.
The MCC Management have to ask all the companies having accreditation
at MCC to bring the number of their representatives at MCC during the event
to minimum. The MCC will have to restrict admittance to MCC to 2 individuals
for each company including TV, newspaper, radio reporters and photographers.
The DOWNFALL Data:
"Mir" de-orbit - De-orbit impulse
* Burn start - 08:08 [05:08 UTC], H - 213 km
- Re-entry time - 08:44 [05:44 UTC] at the altitude of 100 km.
The time of the destruction start - 08:52 [05:52 UTC] at the altitude of 80 km.
- The calculated impact time of unburned fragments: 09:00 [06:00 UTC].
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