Everyone from the Russian space team, residents of Japan, Australia and the South Pacific, and certainly the brokers and underwriters at Lloyd’s who insured its safe landing for $200 million, can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Mir de-orbited and self-destructed over a barren stretch of the Pacific Ocean between Australia and Chile around 12:00 a.m. EST without a hitch.
As reported by Reuters News Agency, Mission control chief engineer, Mikhail Pronin, told reporters at the control center outside Moscow “There’s a feeling of relief. The job has been done well, with no problems, now it’s time for a drink.” The people at Lloyd’s undoubtedly share his sentiments.
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