Mir Computer Shuts Down

Sat, 7 Aug 1999 14:39:22 EDT

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*** Update: Mir computer accidentally shut down

MOSCOW (AP) - A Mission Control officer monitoring the Mir
accidentally shut down the space station's central computer,
prompting the crew to speed up preparations to abandon the orbiter,
officials said Monday. The shutdown Friday didn't threaten the crew,
but did knock the Mir out of alignment with the sun, said Irina
Manshilina, a spokeswoman for Mission Control. Mission Control
quickly moved to speed up the installation of a new computer that is
to control the station after its crew leaves this month. "Its
installation requires unplugging the central computer anyway, so a
decision was made to take advantage of the breakdown and do the work
earlier than scheduled," Manshilina said. See