By Cloe Lindbeck 1period

What Is The Mir Space Station?

Mir was a space station that operated in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001. Astronaut's lived up there for about 32 months and did studies on moon rocks and other things in space. They even grew the first crop in space which was wheat.

What do they study in space?

They can observe storms, photograph man-made changes on our earth, and see how that effects us. They also study moon rocks.

Mir space station time line

  • Feb. 20, 1986: Mir is launched into orbit.
  • 1991: Mir surpasses its original life expectancy of five years.
  • 1995: Atlantis becomes first U.S. space shuttle to dock with Mir.
  • 1997: Fire breaks out on station and cargo ship crashes into Spektr module.
  • 1998: Russia launches its first module for the ISS.
  • 2000: MirCorp invests millions to turn Mir into space tourism destination. Later that year, Russia announces it will destroy station.
  • March 23, 2001: Mir crashes down
  • Fire at Mir Station

    In 1997, six crew members on the Mir Space Station were in serious danger when a fire broke out. Many experiments were run to try to find the cause of the fire. It is now believed that the fire started because a small piece of latex glove had gotten stuck in a chemical oxygen generator.

    Mir collision

    On June 25, 1997 the Progress M-34 space craft crashed into Spektr while trying to dock with the Kvant-1 module. The progress M-34 damaged one of the solar panels on the space station. The damage caused them to lose a lot of power.

    Atlantis becomes first U.S. space shuttle to dock with Mir.

    On June 29, 1995, the US Space Shuttle, Atlantis, docked with the Russian Mir space station, accomplishing the Space Shuttle Program's first international docking mission and first international docking mission since ASTP, 20 years earlier.