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Mir dumps old garbage ship a day late

A day later than planned, the Mir space station jettisoned a garbage-laden supply ship Tuesday, making way for the arrival of a new vessel hauling a back-up computer and fuel.

The Progress M-35 cargo ship disengaged from the station at 6:04 a.m. MDT, after the crew repaired a clamp that had been preventing the maneuver, said Vera Medvedkova, a spokeswoman for Russian Mission Control.The discarded ship, carrying trash from the station, will burn up as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere and fragments will likely fall into the South Pacific, she said.

Another freight transporter is scheduled to dock with the station Wednesday night and deliver more than two tons of supplies.