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March 22, 2001 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The ship, a fragment detached from the Earth, went on lonely and swift like a small planet." --Joseph Conrad * For 15 years, it has circled the world, silently keeping aloft the dream that humans will one day colonize the cosmos. Now, as the Mir space station drifts toward its demise tonight--a plummet in a blazing cascade over the southern Pacific Ocean--those who have built and flown the hulking marvel are mourning the passage of one of history's valiant ships.
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March 22, 2001 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The ship, a fragment detached from the Earth, went on lonely and swift like a small planet." --Joseph Conrad * For 15 years, it has circled the world, silently keeping aloft the dream that humans will one day colonize the cosmos. Now, as the Mir space station drifts toward its demise tonight--a plummet in a blazing cascade over the southern Pacific Ocean--those who have built and flown the hulking marvel are mourning the passage of one of history's valiant ships.
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