Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Culture above Earth -- The Marriage of Mir and Atlantis

"On June 29, 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis and
the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest
man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth. Mir (Мир, which
can mean both world and peace in Russian) was humanity's first
permanently inhabited space station. It was constructed in
orbit by connecting different modules, each launched separately
from February 19, 1986 (just over two months before the
Chornobyl catastophe in Ukraine) to 1996. The 100-ton Mir
was as big as six schoolbuses. Inside, it looked more like a
cramped labyrinth, crowded with hoses, cables and scientific
instruments -- as well as articles of everyday life, such as photos,
children's drawings, books, and a guitar. The journey of the
15-year-old space station ended March 23, 2001."


Image of the Mir and Atlantis:


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