Russia has lost its last data relay satellite capable of communicating with the Mir space station, leaving ground controllers only the limited coverage provided by Russia's ground-based tracking network. Mission Director Viktor Blagov passed the news to the Mir crew last week, according to Chris van den Berg, a Dutch radio observer who posts news of Mir on the Internet. According to van den Berg, Blagov informed Viktor Afanas'ev, Sergei Avdeyev and Jean-Pierre Haignere that the only ...

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