The Story of Space Station Mir
David M Harland
Born in the Cold War, Mir's ultimate triumph is that it taught the two
superpower rivals, the USSR and the USA, to cooperate in space. Mir
showed how humans could live and work in space, how to overcome unforeseen problems, and survive potentially fatal situations. The wealth of experience provided by the Mir program provides the means to keep the International Space Station operational, crewed and supplied.
In The Story of Space Station Mir David Harland charts the development,
operations and achievements of a remarkable space station, mankind's
first true long-term home in space:
- providing a comprehensive and definitive account of Mir throughout its operational life
- describing in detail some of the most dramatic, fascinating and
defining events in Mir's history
- explaining Mir's assembly, module by module, in space, and describing how it became an international research laboratory
- and demonstrating why Mir's legacy is still vitally important today.
"The Earth is the cradle; but you cannot live in the cradle forever."
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian rocket pioneer
"The dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."
Robert Goddard, American rocket pioneerTable of Contents
- List of illustrations
- List of tables
- Author's preface
- Getting started
- Routine operations
- A step towards continuous occupancy
- A base block for modular construction
- An astrophysics laboratory
- A microgravity laboratory for hire
- Expansion or abandonment?
- The final chapter
- In retrospect
- Reading list
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