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The Space Frontier Foundation Calls Mir's De-Orbit a Historic Tragedy
The Russian space station Mir was de-orbited in March of 2001.

We congratulate the people of Russia for operating history's longest-lived space station. But why was such a successful facility destroyed simply because the American space agency saw it as inconvenient while building its expensive new International Space Station?

10.11.98 Space Frontier Foundation Awards Mir Controllers for "Keeping Mir Alive"
In a ceremony held in Los Angeles on October 10, 1998, Space Frontier Foundation President Rick Tumlinson presented a special award for Pioneering the Space Frontier to Vladimir Syromiantnikov, senior designer, and Viktor Blagov, senior operator, Energia Mir Program, Russia for the heroic efforts of the Energia mission control center in Moscow in keeping the Mir Space Station operational during the very difficult period since its launch in February, 1986.
01.09.98 SpaceHab President talks about Mir:
"It does not make sense to let the parts that have been put up in the last two or three years just burn up." (Shelly Harrison, Space News, January 5, 1998)

From the Keep Mir Alive Archives:
U.S. Should Support Commercial Mir Station, says Space Frontier Foundation
Space Station Reboost Using Electrodynamic Tethers – A Solution to Keeping Mir Alive
Next Mir Crew Not to Be the Last, Says Cosmonaut
July 26, 1998: Mir Still Operating Normally
Foundation Calls for Mir to Be Stored, Not Destroyed, in Russian News Article
Veteran Cosmonaut Calls for Russian Government to 'Keep Mir Alive'
Noted British Author David Harland on 'Keep Mir Alive'
February 19, 1998 Press Release on Letter to President Yeltsin
Read What People from Around the World Said About 'Keep Mir Alive'

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Keep Mir Alive project information compiled by David Anderman
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