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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
>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 
>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 
> >planned six months of unmanned flight.
> >
> >The ground controllers waited for a week after the station's last 
> >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 
> >that the station's energy supply is dropping below the level needed. The
> >temperature control system will be running on low to protect vital 
> >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 
> >the Pacific Ocean.
> >
> >The cash-strapped Russian government has said it can no longer pay for 
> >13-year-old Mir's operation. However, instead of bringing the station 
> >right after the recent crew's departure, it decided to leave it in orbit 
> >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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