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Russia: Mir Crew Completes Repairs

Moscow, 20 October 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian mission control officials say tonight that Mir cosmonauts Anatoly Solovyov and Pavel Vinogradov have successfully completed an electrical rewiring operation in the damaged Spektr module.

The two cosmonauts completed the job ahead of time today after an initial delay of more than 40 minutes in entering the module. The aim of the operation was to reconnect the module's computer to the Mir's solar power system. The Spektr was punctured and had to be sealed off from the rest of the Mir following a collision with a cargo ship in June.

Solovyov and Vinogradov had to dodge floating debris when they initially entered the airless Spektr module, including scientific equipment, a refrigerator and a suitcase. The objects had to be taped down before repair work could be started. Mission control chief Vladimir Solovyov praised the cosmonauts for a job well done.