Mir Space Station Deorbit (fwd)

From: Robert G Fenske Jr (fenske@rgfpc.electro.swri.edu)
Date: Mon Mar 05 2001 - 09:50:20 PST

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    U.S. Department of State
    Office of the Spokesman
    Washington, DC
    March 2, 2001
    Mir Space Station Deorbit
    The Government of the Russian Federation has announced its plan to safely
    deorbit the Mir space station so it reenters the atmosphere over an
    uninhabited area of the South Pacific Ocean. The United States Government
    has agreed, within its capabilities, to provide Russia with tracking and
    trajectory data, as well as scientific data on atmospheric conditions,
    including solar activity, during the period of the deorbit, now scheduled
    for mid-March. The Government of the Russian Federation, through its
    Russian Aviation and Space Agency (RosAviaKosmos), has also asked the
    European Space Agency to contribute tracking and trajectory data to
    support the safe deorbit of Mir.
    The U.S. Government, which constantly monitors thousands of objects orbiting
    earth with its limited worldwide array of radars and optical telescopes,
    will help track Mir's descent. It will share its tracking and trajectory
    data with the Russian Government to complement and expand Russia's own data.
    The United States and Russia have agreed to employ existing lines of
    communications between NASA and RosAviaKosmos to conduct routine data
    exchange during the deorbit period.
    The Government of the Russian Federation has stated that it remains solely
    responsible for the deorbit of the Mir Space Station. The Russian Government
    has repeatedly stated its commitment to a controlled and safe deorbit of
    the space station.
    RosAviaKosmos and Mission Control Moscow have established a website to offer
    daily updates on Mir's descent:
         www.mcc.rsa.ru/deorbit/www/MIR/mir_main.htm [text in Russian]
    [NOTE: http://www.mcc.rsa.ru/deorbit/www_eng/index.htm in English]
    The official RosAviaKosmos website is:
         www.rosaviakosmos.ru [text in English and Russian]
    Also, for questions about the deorbit plan, RosAviaKosmos' Press Secretary
    is available in Moscow at (7) (095) 975-4586 or (7) (095) 975-4458.
    For general questions on the background of the Mir Space Station, NASA
    Public Affairs can be reached at http://www.nasa.gov/ . For matters related
    to the observation and tracking of Mir, Department of Defense Public Affairs
    may be reached at http://www.defenselink.mil/ and U.S. Space Command Public
    Affairs is available at http://www.spacecom.af.mil/usspace/ .
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