Space tug poised for launch to Russia's Mir station
BY ANATOLY ZAK
Posted: January 16, 2000
The launch is scheduled for 09:57 Moscow Time on Thursday (0657 GMT; 0157 EST). The cargo ship is expected to dock with Mir four days later.
In the meantime, the Soyuz TM spacecraft with the crew of two is being readied for launch on February 10, in case if automatic docking between Progress M1-5 and Mir fails.
At the end of February or beginning of March, ground controllers in Korolev plan to use the propellant and the engines onboard the Progress M1-5, to push Mir space station off the orbit for a reentry into the atmosphere. Burning remains of the station are expected to fall in the Pacific Ocean, east of New Zealand.