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From early 1994 into 1998, seven American astronauts spent nearly 1,000 days living in orbit with Russian cosmonauts on board the space station Mir. American space shuttles rendezvoused ten times with Russia’s space station Mir. Called “Phase 1,” the Shuttle-Mir Program prepared the way for the International Space Station and began an era of cooperation and exploration, rarely seen in human history.

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35 Years Ago: Launch of Mir Space Station’s First Module

On Feb. 19, 1986, the Soviet Union launched the first module of the Mir space station. Called the Mir base…

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