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Re: "Miles Mann" <Miles_Mann@pictel.com>: [sarex] MirStatus Aug 2, 1999, Equipment shutdown

There is a further error in the following story:
It ain't true.
Energia has been doing everything it can, to the point of almost passing
the hat on a Moscow street corner, to raise the $$$ to keep Mir open for
business. So far, their luck has been on a par with Custer's; which is to
say that if it wasn't bad, it wouldn't exist at all. They tried selling
shares in the station, and got something like $8K. They've tried getting
Western companies or individuals with deep pockets to cough up the dough.
No go.
The current plan is that there is going (maybe) to be one more crew to
fly to Mir. That crew will be launched if Mir becomes unstable in
orbit and can't dock with a final Progress vehicle. The crew would
be charged with getting the station stable enough to allow the Progress
to dock, monitor the deorbit burn, then get out while the getting is
So, sorry, this one seems to fall under the urban legends cat.


On Mon, 2 Aug 1999, John K. Peterson wrote:

> Hi All!
> Please note that there appears to be an error in the date that MIR will
> be re-maned.  This will probably occure in Feb of 2000 not Feb of 2001.
> 					John
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> From: "Miles Mann" <Miles_Mann@pictel.com>
> To: "Miles Mann" <Miles_Mann@pictel.com>
> Cc: sarex@AMSAT.Org, mann@pictel.com, "Farrell Winder"
> <fwinder@one.net>,wyman@svs.net, kertesz@swbell.net,John Langner WB2OSZ
> <JohnL@world.std.com>,
> haber@earthlink.net,tim_cunningham@mindspring.com,"Wayne Nakata"
> <Wayne_Nakata@pictel.com>
> Subject: [sarex] Mir Status Aug 2, 1999, Equipment shutdown
> Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 14:34:11 -0400
> Message-ID: <852567C1.006603E9.00@smtpmail.pictel.com>
> Mir Amateur Radio Status: Aug 2, 1999
> By Miles Mann WF1F,
> MAREX-NA (Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division)
> Mir's retirement date:
> In 1995 the news media predicted Mir would burn up in 1996
> In 1996 the news media predicted Mir would burn up in 1997
> In 1997 the news media predicted Mir would burn up in 1998
> In 1998 the news media predicted Mir would burn up in 1999
> For over 4 years in a row the news media has been 100% wrong in
> predicting
> when the Mir Space Station will be officially retired.
> On  or  about  August  23, the current Mir crew will leave Mir for a
> temporary 6
> month
> closing  of  the  Space  Station  Mir.   The Mir station will fly
> unoccupied for
> approximately 6 months until around
> February 2000.   Then in February a new crew will arrive on Mir.
> The  new crew has received funding for their training and all of the
> information
> I
> have  received  directly  from  Energia  indicates  the February flight
> is still
> planned.
> The current planned retirement date for the Space Station Mir is around
> February 2001.
> Computer Problem:
> On Sunday August 1, Cosmonaut Jean-Piere informed me that the crew
> had a minor  problem with their navigation computer.  The backup computer
> was put on line and all systems were normal.
> Amateur Radio Status while Mir is unoccupied.
> The MAREX-NA team has been working closely with the MAREX-RU team at
> Energia trying to determine if it will be possible to keep some of the
> Amateur
> Radio equipment active while Mir is temporarily unoccupied.
> We discussed several low power modes of operations tying to satisfy all
> of the
> official safety requirements.
> The  safety rules are quite clear.  If we can not remotely turn the
> equipment ON
> and OFf
> from  ground  control,  then  the equipment must be shutdown when the
> station is
> closed.
> We at MAREX-NA understand that the safety of the station is more
> important
> than the Amateur Radio equipment.  And we agree with the decision to turn
> off
> all  of  the  Amateur  Radio  equipment  on  Mir while the station is
> temporally
> closed.
> The  following  Amateur  Radio  projects  on Mir will be power off and
> de-cabled
> during the
> week of August 16th.
> SAFEX/MAREX-NA Personal Message System (PMS)
> MAREX-NA Slow Scan TV system
> SAFEX Repeater
> The  equipment  is  expected  to  be  turned  back  on again when the
> station is
> reoccupied
> in February 2001.
> ************************************************
> Current Mir Crew Members:
> SOYUZ TM-29 arrived at Mir on February 20, 1999.  Mir Soyuz TM-29 crew
> consisted
> of  French  cosmonaut  Jean-Pierre  Heignere,  Viktor  Afanasyev  and 
> Slovakian
> Cosmonaut Ivan Bella
> On February 28, some of the crew returned to earth, they were:
> Slovak Ivan Bella and Gennadiy Paldalko.
> Gennadiys  mission  lasted  approximately 6 months (August 16 1998 ?
> February 28
> 1999)
> The remaining crew consists of:
> The French cosmonaut Jean-Pierre Heignere (aprox 6 months)
> Cosmonaut Viktor Afanasyev (aprox 6 months)
> Cosmonaut  Sergei  Avdeyev.   Sergei mission began August 16, 1998 and
> will end
> on August 23, 1999.  On this Mission Sergei spent just over 1 full year
> on board
> the Mir Space Station.
> On June 20, 1999, Sergej broke the worlds record for Total-Time-In-Space.
> Sergei has spent over two full years in space when you combine all the
> time from
> all of his missions together.
> Tracking Mir:
> For current tracking data, try the CelesTrak web page at
> http://celestrak.com/
> Copyright  1999  Miles  Mann,  All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
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> written
> consent from the author.
> Images  received  from the MAREX-NA SSTV system on the Russian Space
> Station Mir
> are  considered  public  domain  and  may  be  freely distributed,
> without prior
> permission.
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