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Russia To Dump Mir Space Station

November 16, 2000

MOSCOW (AP) _ The 14-year-old Mir space station will be ditched in February in a controlled descent that will send it hurtling into a remote area of the Pacific Ocean, officials decided Thursday.

The decision to abandon the ailing space station was taken at a meeting of the Russian Cabinet. Officials have wrestled for months over what to do with the Mir, which Moscow can no longer afford to maintain.

The Cabinet approved a plan to crash the Mir into the Pacific east of Australia sometime around February.

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