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ISS Facing Shutdown as Soyuz Explodes on Liftoff

In case anyone else missed this item from the AMSAT website....

Moscow - Oct 16, 2002, An unmanned Russian Soyuz exploded seconds after 
liftoff, killing one person and injuring 20 others.

The full impact of the Soyuz failure is yet to be determined but Moscow is 
considering delaying the next Soyuz flight to ISS. The current Soyuz lifeboat 
is fast approaching its use-by date and if not replaced soon, may require ISS 
to be mothballed until a new Soyuz is dispatched.

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