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Re: MIR




This has to be the best idea yet !
Brilliant.
>From there they could start the very first scrapyard in space.
Mir isn't the only piece of space junk up there.
I would imagine there's millions of dollars flying around the earth.
You just have to catch it.

Paul.

----- Original Message -----
From: Dale Rezabek <n9yam@hotmail.com>
To: <icoots@barwonwater.vic.gov.au>; <K6due@aol.com>; <SAREX@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Wednesday, 8 September 1999 23:08
Subject: Re: [sarex] MIR


> How's about boosting Mir's orbit to match the ISS, link them up, and have
> the ISS crews spend the next few years (more or less) scavenging any
> remaining useful items.  When there's nothing left to use, then send Mir
off
> to it's finale.  I imagine there must be something that can be recycled,
or
> some raw materials, even though the technology is 13+ years old.
>
> Dale Rezabek, N9YAM
>
> >From: "Ian Coots" <icoots@barwonwater.vic.gov.au>
> >To: <K6due@aol.com>, <SAREX@AMSAT.Org>
> >Subject: Re: [sarex] MIR
> >Date: Wed, 8 Sep 1999 13:09:41 +1000
> >
> >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
> >anyway.
> >
> >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.
> >
> >cheers
> >
> >
> >Ian VK3YIC
> >
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: K6due@aol.com <K6due@aol.com>
> >To: SAREX@AMSAT.Org <SAREX@AMSAT.Org>
> >Date: Wednesday, 8 September 1999 12:56
> >Subject: [sarex] MIR
> >
> >
> > >Mir's Computer To Be Switched Off
> > >
> > >By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
> > >.c The Associated Press
> > >
> > >
> > >MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's Mission Control prepared Tuesday to switch off
the
> >Mir
> > >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,
> >said
> > >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
> >aboard
> > >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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