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Mir Gets New Lease on Its Scientific Life

Science  14 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5464, pp. 242
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5464.242a

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After more than 7 months in mothballs, the Mir space station is once again open for business. A Netherlands-based company called Mir Corp. is helping to fix up the aging and trouble-plagued facility to make it ready for researchers--and eventually rich tourists. But it could be a short-lived venture: The Russian government, which owns the 14-year-old facility, has not decided how long to keep it in orbit, and U.S. space officials say privately they would love to see it shut down once and for all.