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Progress launch rescheduled for January 24
Posted: Fri, Jan 19, 2001, 11:02 PM ET (0402 GMT)
Mir space station Russian officials said Friday they plan to make a second attempt to launch an unpiloted Progress spacecraft to Mir on January 24 after an initial launch attempt was scrubbed by a power failure on Mir. Progress M1-5 is now scheduled for 11:29 pm EST January 23 (0429 GMT January 24) assuming Mir's computer can be brought back online by Saturday, according to Spaceflight Now. The launch was scheduled for Thursday but postponed several hours before launch when a power failure on Mir shut down the station's gyroscopes and computers, a failure blamed on overheating of batteries in the station's Kvant-2 module after receiving more exposure to the Sun than usual. Once docked to the station, the Progress will be used to lower the station's orbit, deorbiting it over the Pacific Ocean on March 6.
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