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Hello all, I'm probably about to earn myself the  "dodo of the year"  award
with this question, but , being one for a bit of adventure, here goes

Instead of allowing MIR to "crash" to earth, hopefully in the Pacific, and
again hopefully not onto the deck of  some prawn trawler that nobody knows
about, would it not be possible to change the orbit slightly, directing it
towards the sun until gravity and intense heat take over?  It just seems a
SAFER alternative to me, however, there is likely a very good reason why not
that someone can enlighten me on.



-----Original Message-----
From: K6due@aol.com <K6due@aol.com>
Date: Wednesday, 8 September 1999 12:56
Subject: [sarex] MIR

>Mir's Computer To Be Switched Off
>.c The Associated Press
>MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's Mission Control prepared Tuesday to switch off the
>space station's central computer and other systems to save energy during a
>planned six months of unmanned flight.
>The ground controllers waited for a week after the station's last permanent
>crew returned to Earth to let Mir's interiors dry before switching the
>temperature control to the minimum on Tuesday.
>Early Wednesday, they will switch off the Mir's computer, its orientation
>system and other equipment, letting the station rotate freely in orbit,
>Valery Lyndin, a Mission Control spokesman.
>Mission Control will help adjust the station's position in orbit if it sees
>that the station's energy supply is dropping below the level needed. The
>temperature control system will be running on low to protect vital systems
>from freezing, Lyndin said.
>Switching off the computer and other systems will allow energy and the
>computer's resources to be conserved for the docking of a final crew in
>February or March. The cleanup crew is expected to spend about a month
>the station, gradually lowering its orbit.
>Immediately after the cosmonauts leave, ground controllers will lower the
>140-ton station to burn it up in the atmosphere, guiding its remnants into
>the Pacific Ocean.
>The cash-strapped Russian government has said it can no longer pay for the
>13-year-old Mir's operation. However, instead of bringing the station down
>right after the recent crew's departure, it decided to leave it in orbit in
>hopes of finding private funds to keep it aloft.
>All previous such fund-raising attempts have failed, and
>Few believe that money will be found.
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