The governments of Russia and Kazakhstan reached at least a provisional agreement on reopening the Baikonur Cosmodrome to launches late last week, as engineers narrowed the cause of a Proton launch accident that started the dispute. Under the agreement, Russia will pay for debris and propellant cleanup and back rent in exchange for permission to launch a Progress resupply mission to the Mir space station as early as July 16. The flight was delayed when the Kazakhs closed Baikonur ...

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