Wed 07-15-98 06:29 am

SPACE JUNK COLLECTOR HOPES TO NAB PIECE OF MIR SPACE STATION

BURNABY, B.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One person’s trash is another person’s treasure – especially when you’re collecting old space junk.

That’s according to 69-year-old Jim Bernath of Burnaby, British Columbia, who has been collecting debris from fallen satellites and crashed comets for 15 years.

Some of the strange space souvenirs in Bernath’s collection include old loaves of bread served on the Russian Space Shuttle and an alleged piece of the comet that supposedly killed the dinosaurs.

He even owns a piece of wire worth $11,000 that he says came from the “Canada Arm,” a device that retrieves satellites.

Although Bernath’s collection includes pieces of satellites from countries such as Japan, Germany, Italy, Hungary and India, there’s one piece of space debris he can’t wait to get his hands on – a piece of the junked Mir Space Station.

Bernath figures the MIR will melt down before it hits the Earth surface but he hopes a piece will survive Earth’s atmosphere and land somewhere in Canada so he can add it to his collection.

CONTACT: Jim Bernath, ***; Burnaby, BC; (604) ***-****

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