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Researchers Hold Their Breath Over Mir Repair

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Science  01 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5326, pp. 632
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5326.632

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The collision that punched a hole in Mir's Spektr module on 25 June had an immediate impact on research being carried out onboard the station: As much as 35% of current experiments onboard were halted immediately, and some were irreparably damaged. A Russian-French mission planned to begin in August has been postponed, and some members of the U.S. Congress are openly questioning whether NASA should continue to participate in experiments aboard Mir.