[FPSPACE] Reuters: Russia feared it had lost Mir space station
Dwayne Allen Day
Wed, 27 Dec 2000 16:07:08 -0500 (EST)
On Wed, 27 Dec 2000 JamesOberg@aol.com wrote:
> Russia feared it had lost Mir space station 14:18 12-27-00
> By Andrei Shukshin
> Yuri Koptev, head of the space and aviation agency, said once the 130-tonne
> station suddenly stopped beaming data to ground control, his main concern was
> to make sure the ageing craft was still in one piece.
> "We were very worried that we might have lost the complex altogether," he
> told a news conference.
> "But our colleagues from the space monitoring centre...confirmed that it was
> following its usual orbit and was still complete and not an array of
> scattered bits."
Sheesh! Only a few hours ago the members of this list were attacking the
Western media for being "alarmist" about Mir and now we have Putin's
words, which are far more alarmist than the Western accounts. It looks
like Russian space officials were even more concerned than Western