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Russia Loses Contact With MirAired December 26, 2000 - 6:01 a.m. ET
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DAVID HAFFENREFFER, CNN ANCHOR: There is some breaking news this morning about the Russian space station Mir.
Linda Stouffer at CNN Center in Atlanta has got the latest for us.
Good morning, Linda.
LINDA STOUFFER, CNN ANCHOR: David, good morning to you.
Yes, there is word from Moscow this morning that the Russian Space Agency has lost contact with the space station Mir. Now, apparently, the last reported contact was at about 7:00 a.m. Eastern time. So it's been just about 24 hours, 23 hours now, and we understand that from mission controllers.
The 15-year-old station is currently unmanned. It was being positioned for a controlled crash into Earth that was set for late February.
Now, this latest development could send the station plummeting toward Earth in an uncontrolled descent. However, at this point, that is likely the worst-case scenario.
Again, the Russian Space Agency has lost contact with Mir. We are working this story, and we want to bring you more details as soon as we get them. We are continuing to follow this.
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