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Mir May Have Returned
With a Deadly Payload

While Australians and other residents of the Southern Hemisphere worried about the possibility of having fiery pieces of the wayward space station Mir accidentally crash land in their back yards, nearly everybody missed the real danger.

True, the 140-ton piece of falling space junk had the ability to raise a lot of havoc if it had struck land. One report suggested that just a piece of the station, hitting with the collective force of 13,000 tons of dynamite, might have caused a blast nearly as big as one of our early atomic bombs.

The possibility of that kind of destruction alone was serious enough for the Russian and U. S. governments to collectively consider blasting the space station with a nuclear missile long before it fell to Earth. But there was another factor that most people were never told about.

The real danger was not the falling space station, but the living organisms riding to Earth inside of it.

The station was full of
mutated mold, either brought there from Earth, or from space spore riding on the backs of astronauts returning from their space walks. Whatever the source, the fungi spent 15 years living in that environment and mutating from constant exposure to a bombardment of ultra violet rays from the Sun.

Russian microbiologist Natalia Novikova studied the molds on Mir and identified them as "aggressive space fungus." She said it came in many forms, varieties and colors. It generally appeared in dark colors, ranging between green and black. What was strange about the mold is that it fed on the ship. The stuff was literally eating the metal, plastic and glass parts of Mir. It was the reason the Russian and U. S. astronauts had so much trouble with the space station in the last years it was in service. The station was plagued by fires, constant equipment failure, and was even in a collision with an approaching shuttle. The equipment failure was caused by the attacking mold that was eating its way through wires, insulators and protective coverings. The astronauts had a constant fight against the stuff that seemed to be growing everywhere. The older the space station got, the worse the fungal problem became.

Astronauts also complained about the smell they endured while living on Mir. The odor was caused by the mold that shared the space station with the humans who visited there. The stuff emitted toxins, including corrosive agents like acetic acid.

Some scientists worry that the constant exposure to the Sun's radiation caused the mold to mutate into more virulent forms of fungus than exist on Earth.

Yuri Karash, a Russian space expert, recently expressed his concerns. "I don't want to be a pessimist," he said, "but the problem is there and it is a serious one. The mutant fungi do exist and in the future they could do serious damage to humanity. We can only draw the final conclusions after we have completed our research."

By allowing Mir to crash land in pieces on Earth, we risk the possibility that the mutated fungi survived the ordeal and will start growing on the planet. Some specialists say they worry that the fungi could be especially virulent if it mixes with the earth varieties. Could it be that we have introduced a mold with the capabilities of destroying all of the monuments man has built?

Russian space officials play down the threat, but remote viewers say that when they look into the not too distant future, they draw pictures of a frightening world.

There is no trace of humans or any other animals. The only living things are flies and other insects that feed on rotting flesh and vegetation. Also there is mold growing everywhere, including a new, very large fungus that stands several feet tall.

Other than that, everything is gone. There are no trees, no roads, no buildings.

The air is putrid from the smell of decay and noxious gasses. The only sound is a roar from billions of buzzing flies. The planet is no longer a habitable place. Is this caused by a deadly cargo that rode Mir to Earth?

The Hopi people in Arizona have a strange prophecy. They say they are living in their fourth world and believe the time is coming when they must move on to a fifth world.

The Hopi Bear Clan 
story is that "you will hear of a dwelling-place in the heavens, above the earth, that shall fall with a great crash. It will appear as a blue star. Very soon after this, the ceremonies of the Hopi people will cease."

The space station Mir meets that description.