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Russia, Kazakhstan talking



Hi,

Acccording to the Bloomberg news wire, the deputy prime ministers of Russia
and
Kazakhstan are meeting to see if they can reach agreement on the Baikonur
launch
complex.  A Russian spokesman said that the Mir crew will return early if
the resupply
mission, originally scheduled for today, isn't cleared for launch by July
20.  "They
have enough to eat until mid-August.  The equipment shipments are to
guarantee
safety at the station," a spokesman said.  At issue in the talks are the
unpaid Russian
rent for the site, arrangements for launches and a serious launch accident
which
occurred last week.

Meanwhile, the Russian Space Agency contradicted Kazakhstan's earlier
statement
that rocket fuel from the accident had been found in a province in central
Kazakhstan.
However, Kazakh President Nazarbayev told Russia's prime minister last
night by
telephone that "Russia will not be allowed to launch its rocket from the
Baikonur
cosmodrome until a special commission has determined the cause and
consequences
of last week's accident," according to a Kazakh TV report quoted by
Bloomberg.

While the politicians do their thing, all we can do is wait.

73, Ray
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