MOSCOW: Computer problems on board the Mir these days are being handled with about as much alacrity as earthbound office-users experience when they call tech support. The main computer system on the troubled space station failed
Monday for a third time, forcing the crew to shut down everything but their life-support systems. But the spacemen and ground control have a higher priority: sleep. "Both the people at mission control and the spacemen themselves have all gone to bed, and they'll fix it in the morning," reports TIME science correspondent Dick Thompson, noting the astronauts are keeping Moscow time (eight hours ahead of EDT), except when they go outside for lengthy space walks. When they get round to it, perhaps the crew ought to check all their connections and try restarting it a couple of times.
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