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SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS AND RUSSIAN SPACE STATION MIR

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Published on Sep 16, 2008

The U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-86) and the Russian Space Station Mir were filmed together over Sacramento, California, on October 3, 1997.
MIchael Foale was the fifth NASA astronaut to reside on Mir - replacing Jerry Linenger. (Linenger dealt with a severe fire while living on the Mir.) Foale arrived at the Russian space station with the crew of STS-84 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which launched on May 15, 1997. Foale's mission proceeded normally until June 25, when during a test of a manual docking system, a Russian Progress resupply ship collided with Mir's Spektr module, causing a depressurization of the space station. The crew closed the hatch to Spektr, which stabilized the station's air pressure, while Spektr's pressure dropped to a vacuum. The collision knocked Mir into a spin, at a rate of about once every six minutes - the crewmembers were eventually able to stabilize the station. Many of Foale's experiments and personal effects were isolated within Spektr. Fortunately, food, water and other vital Mir supplies were stored in other modules.
Later in the mission, Foale and Russian cosmonaut Soloviev conducted a 6-hour EVA to inspect the damage to the punctured Spektr.
STS-86 performed the seventh Shuttle-Mir docking and transferred the sixth U.S. Mir astronaut David Wolf, in exchange for Michael Foale, who returned to Earth after 145 days in space on October 6, 1997.

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