Maybe. It’s something to let yourself read whenever you happen to be in the right mood. A lot of it is quite surreal. I enjoyed going with its flow, but when I tried to impose meaning upon it I just got confused.
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No, I don’t have questions, but I’d love to hear your experience, like what was on television or in the papers, and what people thought of it. I often watch the ISS go over, and I wish I had thought to look for Mir back before 2001.
– “Mir (Russian: Мир, IPA: [ˈmʲir]; lit. peace or world) was a space station that operated in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001, operated by the Soviet Union and later by Russia. Mir was the first modular space station and was assembled in orbit from 1986 to 1996. It had a greater mass than any previous spacecraft. At the time it was the largest artificial satellite in orbit, succeeded by the International Space Station (ISS) after Mir’s orbit decayed. The station served as a microgravity research laboratory in which crews conducted experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and spacecraft systems with a goal of developing technologies required for permanent occupation of space.
– Mir was the first continuously inhabited long-term research station in orbit and held the record for the longest continuous human presence in space at 3,644 days, until it was surpassed by the ISS on 23 October 2010. It holds the record for the longest single human spaceflight, with Valeri Polyakov spending 437 days and 18 hours on the station between 1994 and 1995. Mir was occupied for a total of twelve and a half years out of its fifteen-year lifespan, having the capacity to support a resident crew of three, or larger crews for short visits.”
USSR / Russia has always been ahead in spaceflight, especially human spaceflight. That’s why the USA is so scared of Russia.