Russia yesterday launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan the last of five modules for its Mir space station. Named Priroda (nature), the module was carried into orbit aboard a Proton rocket. It is expected to dock with Mir on Friday. The vessel is carrying scientific equipment, including 900 kg of U.S.-made equipment for U.S. astronaut Shannon Lucid, who has been on board Mir since late March. (Reuter, April 23)
Moscow Applauds Oleksy Decision.