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September 15, 1995
Space Station Mir Over Earth
Space Research Institute
This picture of the Russian space station Mir over the Pacific Ocean was
recorded by the
Space Shuttle Discovery
in February 1995. During
this mission Discovery performed a rendezvous and
"fly around" with Mir in preparation for a future docking mission.
Many scientific experiments and
astronomical observations were completed jointly by the American astronauts
and the Russian cosmonauts. An
IMAX camera took many
pictures of this historic encounter.
Some cosmonauts have spent more than a year on board Mir, the longest
anyone has ever lived in space. Work on an
International Space Station is in progress.
Tomorrow's picture: Rockets and Robert Goddard
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