The Mir space station will be sunk in the Pacific Ocean on March 23 at around 9:30 a.m. Moscow time, the Russian Aerospace Agency told Interfax, citing a decision made by the government commission headed by agency director Yuri Koptev. The destruction of the 15-year-old orbiter, originally planned for February 27-28, has been repeatedly delayed because of technical breakdowns, the protests by the "well-wishers," and the fact that Mir is descending Earthwards at a slower speed than space experts calculated. Most of the Soviet-era space station is expected to break up and burn as it hurtles through the Earth's atmosphere. But around 20 tonnes of the platform's 137-tonne mass are expected to survive the burn-up, with 1,500 pieces of debris, mostly very small but a few of them as large as a car, falling to Earth. As AFP puts it, debris is expected to rain down on the South Pacific in a target area 200 kilometres (120 miles) wide, and 6,000 kilometres long, between New Zealand and Chile.
Russian President Vladimir Putin got the West worried again by signing Decree No. 915. The news did not produce any public effect in Russia