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Russia: Repair Craft To Bring Supplies To Mir

Moscow, 26 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - A Russian-American committee of space experts say they will send a cargo craft of repair supplies to the stricken Mir orbital space station.

Deputy Mission Chief Sergei Krikalyov said today that the 25 to 30 percent loss of electric power resulting from yesterday's collission was an emergency that rated five on a seven-point scale. He said the necessary equipment must be produced for repairs and reports indicate that could come in 11 days time.

Krikalyov was speaking after more than 70 Russian and American space experts met today near Moscow to decide how to repair damage to Mir after it was accidentally bumped by a supply ship yesterday. The collision between the unmanned cargo supply craft and one of the station's six modules damaged one of Mir's four solar panels and robbed up to half of the station's energy supply.