'MIR' TO BE DUMPED NEXT FEBRUARY? Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov told journalists in Moscow on 23 October that Moscow will "most likely" bring down the "Mir" space station into the Pacific Ocean in late February 2001, ITAR-TASS reported. According to the news agency, that option was chosen from among four possible scenarios for the aging station. At the same time, Klebanov noted that if non-budget funds were found to keep "Mir" in orbit, then a different scenario might occur. MirCorp, the Netherlands-based company that is leasing the space station for commercial use, announced earlier this month that it will make an initial public offering worth $117 million-- in February 2001 (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 13 October 2000). JC
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