Mir NPR's Michele Kelemen reports from Moscow that the last full-time crew left the Russian space station Mir today (DEPARTURE SCHEDULED FOR 5PM EDT). The departure of the cosmonauts marks the end of an era in Soviet and post-Soviet space exploration. Although Mir remained in operation much longer than planned -- more than 13 years -- many Russians wish they could keep this symbol of national pride aloft. The cash-strapped Russian space agency, however, plans to bring it down early next year.
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NPR's Michele Kelemen reports from Moscow that the last full-time crew left the Russian space station Mir today (DEPARTURE SCHEDULED FOR 5PM EDT). The departure of the cosmonauts marks the end of an era in Soviet and post-Soviet space exploration. Although Mir remained in operation much longer than planned — more than 13 years — many Russians wish they could keep this symbol of national pride aloft. The cash-strapped Russian space agency, however, plans to bring it down early next year.