Mir Mission Chronicle

Mir Mission Chronicle
by Sue McDonald

NASA TP-1998-208920

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Mir Mission Chronicle
November 1994 - August 1996

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Sue McDonald

December 1998

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NASA TP-1998-208920

Mir Mission Chronicle
November 1994 - August 1996

Sue McDonald
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

National Aeronautics and
Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058-4406

December 1998


The concept of this document is based on David S. F. Portree's "Mir Hardware Heritage," published in 1995. Mr. Portree is currently working on his own followup to "Heritage," to be published after Mir deorbit. My thanks to Mr. Portree for serving as my consultant during the writing of this document and as its principal reviewer. Thanks also to Joseph P. Loftus, Jr., Nicholas L. Johnson, and Tom Sullivan for their reviews and comments. The icons and drawings herein, including the cover drawing, were prepared by Laurie Buchanan of the Johnson Space Center Graphics Services, who also prepared those for "Mir Hardware Heritage," with the advice of Mr. Portree.

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National Technical Information Service
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  • STS-63 Mission Highlights
  • Spektr
  • Orbiter Docking System
  • STS-71 Mission Highlights
  • STS-74 Mission Highlights
  • Docking Module
  • STS-76 Mission Highlights
  • Priroda


  • 1 Key to
  • 2 The Mir complex at the end of 1994
  • 3 The Mir space station, photographed from Discovery
  • 4a Spektr in July, 1995 [drawing]
  • 4b Spektr after installation [photo]
  • 5 Mir space station configuration on May 26, 1995
  • 6 Orbiter Docking System mounted in the payload bay of Atlantis
  • 7 First docking of Atlantis with the Mir complex, June 29, 1995
  • 8 The Mir complex as configured on June 2, 1995
  • 9a The Russian-designed Docking Module [drawing]
  • 9b The Docking Module in Atlantis' payload bay [photo]
  • 10 Mir with new Docking Module installed on Kristall
  • 11 The Priroda module
  • 12 The Mir complex on May 7, 1996, with all base block ports occupied

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