re: Mir orbit to be raised, one shuttle visit

Philip Chien (
Sat, 12 Dec 1998 01:26:08 -0500 said:

>According to Space News, NASA is considering one more shuttle
>visit to MIR to retrieve both russian and american science
>equipment and the shuttle docking adapter!

no where near definite.  At this point it's just a suggestion from Russia,
and both sides have to determine what they would get out of it and what
aboard Mir is worth returning to Earth.

For the life of me I can't see any legitimate justification as to why the
U.S. taxpayer should pay for an additional shuttle mission, plus the risks
to the shuttle and crew, just to return hardware for refurbishment which
would certainly be less expensive to replicate instead.

Philip Chien, KC4YER
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