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Mir, to be dumped in the Pacific Ocean late February, was in a safe orbit some 200 miles above earth, but Solovyov acknowledged that the hitch was one of the most serious during the station's record-breaking 14-year voyage. "It was a very serious failure, one of the most serious failures when we've lost communications," he told reporters. Solovyov said the situation aboard Mir was under control and that a crisis crew would only be dispatched if experts felt there was a critical situation on board. Cosmonauts Salizhan Sharipov and Pavel Vinogradov and a reserve crew are currently completing training for urgent missions, Russian news agencies reported. Yuri Semyonov, head of the Energiya corporation that runs Mir, said the station's solar panels could be the cause of the problem. But speaking to Reuters he dismissed talk of a crisis.