LETTER : Apollo fire

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your Science Editor is mistaken when he states ("Mir must wait to take place in history", 18 July) that "the Apollo 1 module caught fire 10 minutes before it was due to take off". There was no intention for the module to take off; the crew were involved in a ground-based practice run.

COLIN ATTENBOROUGH

Ely, Cambridgeshire

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