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MIR space station Cosmonauts perform a tricky spacewalk
Cosmonauts perform a tricky spacewalk
Many in Russia did not want to abandon Mir and an international search began to look for sponsors. Few were forthcoming despite the steadily falling price that Russian authorities placed on the space station.

In August, Mir was abandoned after its 27th expedition due to a lack of government funding.

Yet this was the year one of the most difficult spacewalks ever was undertaken.

Cosmonauts Viktor Afanasiev and Sergei Avdeev deployed a giant antenna on the station's exterior.

August 1999: Funding is withdrawn and Mir is left unmanned Real 56K 
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