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Re: Re: Mir Why accident prone ?










> > > Russian Space Station Mir Retirement announced, March  2001.
> > > Mir Bounce
> > > Packet Flash back
> > >
> > > January 18, 2001
> > >
> > > By Miles Mann WF1F,
> > > MAREX-NA (Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division)
bad news sells more news papers than good news.
and i agree with ykour comment about the car.  since when do
we hear about the tabloid's VP car breaking down on the front page.


excerpt from marex news.
> > > Over the next few weeks the tabloid news media will do their best to
> > > emphasize the failures and gloss over the success of the Mir space
> > > program.  And  I predict that a few months after Mir is sleeping at the
> > > bottom of the pacific oceans, that the news media will then turn their
> > > attentions toward the ISS.  Then after the second news worthy failure on
> > > ISS, the tabloid news media will take out their old Mir stories and dust
> > > them off  and change the words Mir to ISS.  That way they can save some
> > > typing, since the story will already include the words, "Rusting,
> > > Trouble prone, etc".  The news media should remember, that the chip
> > > inside their word processor is the great grandson of the circuits
> > > developed for the Apollo space program.
> > >

Miles



VK5ZAI wrote:
> 
>  > Russia Cargo Craft Ready for Final Mir Mission
>  >
>  > MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Progress cargo vessel will blast off for the doomed Mir
>  > space station (news - web sites) next week to nudge the Soviet-era craft out
>  > of orbit and into a crash-landing in the Pacific Ocean, Russian space
>  > officials said on Friday.
>  >
>  > ``The date of the cargo vessel's launch has been set for January 24,'' a
>  > spokesman for Russian flight control told Reuters.
>  >
>  > The launch, delayed by almost a week, is part of final preparations to end
>  > Mir's 15-year odyssey around Earth.
>  >
>  > The craft will blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan almost a
>  > week later than planned, after problems with the accident-prone space
>  > station's navigation system forced the operation to be postponed on
>  > Thursday.
> 
> Why is it that the media almost always refer to Mir as accident-prone ?  It has
> been in space for 15 years now and has been manned most of that time. In the 15
> years they have had a few problems however I haven't heard of any loss of life
> or physical accidents to any crew. I wonder how many of us could drive a car 24
> hours a day for 15 years and not have an accident. I think Russia deserves full
> credit for the reliability of Mir.  It would be nice if the media could give
> credit where it is deserved at times.
>      -
>                      73 de Tony....VK5ZAI.
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