February 20, 2017
Categories: History, Russia, Science, Space

On February 20, 1986, 31 years ago the first module of Mir space station was orbited by Proton booster. It was a breakthrough for Soviet manned cosmonautics and orbital program and a milestone for world space exploration.
The station had been operating for 15 years instead of 5 years initially planned and was a home for cosmonauts and astronauts from 12 countries. 104 cosmonauts and astronauts visited Mir though initially it was designed as a soviet national project. For the years of its operation 25 international manned programs had been successfully completed. The first foreign astronaut working onboard Mir was from Syria, as for the US there were even more Americans who had visited the station than Russians.
Orbital complex consisted of 6 modules, the total mass of the station amounted to 140 tons. More than 11 tons of scientific equipment were deployed aboard Mir and more than 23 thousand experiments and studies conducted. For station maintenance and upgrade the cosmonauts performed 78 spacewalks.
“For me Mir orbital station was the first and most complex object I controlled from Mission Control centre. It has been always associated with an enormous extraterrestrial home not only for those crews working onboard but either for the whole mankind. For me personally at that time it was an inconceivable creation of a human genius, a dream I’ve been always aspired to”, – Hero of the Russian Federation, pilot cosmonaut Andrei Borisenko who is currently working onboard the ISS says.
In the course of Mir space project implementation our country gained unique scientific and technical experience in the field of long-duration spaceflights.

More from this category:
November 16, 2018

On November 16, 2018, at 21:14 Moscow time, from the Baikonur cosmodrome, the “Soyuz-FG” launch vehicle was successfully launched under the International Space Station (ISS)…

full story
September 11, 2013

The launch of “Nauka” multifunctional laboratory module to the ISS planned for late 2013 will be shifted to the first half of 2014, – Vladimir…

full story
November 1, 2013

The next launch of Russian-Ukrainian carrier rocket “Dnepr”, based on intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) RS-20 (classified by NATO as the SS-18 Satan), will take place…

full story
June 19, 2020

The launch of Angara-A5 heavy booster preliminary planned for November 03 according to the source. Thus the first from 2014 and the second in history…

full story
ISS-66 crewmembers
September 1, 2021

A meeting of the Chief Medical Commission took place at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) to review the medical examinations data of commanders, as…

full story
April 16, 2021

64th long-term expedition is completing its work aboard the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft crewmembers Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov,…

full story
July 22, 2016

Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, Ivan Wagner, Sergey Ryazansky, Oleg Artemyev, Sergey Prokopiev, Alexander Samokutyayev, NASA astronauts Scott Tingle, Randolph Bresnik, Andrew Feustel, Janet Epps, ESA…

full story
November 18, 2013

About 50 space devices are to be set into the low earth orbit by Russian boosters in the nearest 1,5 months. “We’ve planned 3 launches…

full story