Looking back at the Mir space station

Matt Williams

The Mir space station in orbit, photographed by Atlantis STS-71 in 1995. Credit: NASA The Mir Space Station was Russia’s greatest space station, and the first modular space station to be assembled in orbit. At 13.1 meters (43 feet) long, the core module of the station was the main area where the cosmonauts and astronauts did their work. The Mir Space Station and Earth limb observed from the Orbiter Endeavour during NASA’s STS-89 mission in 1998. Credit: NASA In addition to solar arrays and a docking port, the station had several facilities for orbital science. Meanwhile, the Shuttle–Mir Program was a collaborative space program between Russia and the United States, and involved American Space Shuttles visiting the space station, Russian cosmonauts flying on the shuttle, and an American astronaut flying aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to engage in long-duration expeditions aboard Mir. A view of the US Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Russian Space Station Mir during STS-71 as seen by the crew of Mir EO-19 in Soyuz TM-21.

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