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February 13, 1997

Brian Dunbar
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-0873)

Catherine Watson
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/244-5050)

Release: I97-3

Astronaut Linenger Writes Letters From Mir

NASA’s Shuttle-Mir Web this week will begin sharing personal accounts of life aboard the Russian space station Mir through letters written by American astronaut Jerry Linenger to his 14-month-old son, John.

A few weeks before Linenger's sojourn on Mir began, he was asked what he would miss most about being away from the Earth. He said it would be hard being away from his son for so long. Linenger has been writing frequent letters since his arrival on Mir and forwarding them to the Johnson Space Center in Houston via the NASA Consulting Group in Moscow. The first letter is dated Jan. 23, 1997.

Access to the letters is through the NASA Shuttle-Mir Web, which maintains a constant address of:

A link to an index of the letters has been added in the Hot Borscht section. Additional letters will be placed in the index as soon as they can be received and processed.


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