Emergency on Mir - Report #2

VideoCosmos Co. (cosmos@space.accessnet.ru)
Wed, 25 Jun 1997 18:24:26 +0400 (MSD)

VideoCosmos News Report

Igor A. Marinin
Deputy Director General, VideoCosmos Co.
Chief Editor, Novosti Kosmonavtiki

Igor A. Lissov
Manager, Foreign Information, Novosti Kosmonavtiki


June 25, 1997 -- Moscow, Russia -- Situation onboard Mir space station has
stabilized after an accident this morning and Russian officials see low
probability
of emergency landing. The crew hasn't even activated their Soyuz spacecraft.

Progress M-34 cargo vehicle collided with one of the Spektr module's solar
panels
and cut a hole of some 30x40 centimeters in it. Due to force applied to the
panel's
rigid structure, a leak appeared in Spektr and by now, it is depressurized
to zero and
is considered lost. Other modules are airtight and has been successfully
repressurized.
Of two hatches between Core Module and Spektr, only the hatch in the docking 
compartnent of the Core Module was closed.

Due to loss of electric power from Spektr, voltage in the Core, Kvant-2 and
Kristall 
modules is low and more and more systems are being shut down, with the
exception of the Vozdukh CO2 removing apparatus.

Launch of Progress M-35 scheduled on Friday would be rescheduled by no more
than 10 days. This cargo craft would deliver electric cables (to be built in
hurry) and
the crew would do EVA and connect Spektr solar panels with the electric
system of
the station.

Progress M-34 is airtight and controllable and by 13:20 UTC today it was some
2.5 kilometers from Mir. Tomorrow it would be deorbited.


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