Season 1 Episode 17

Station Keeping

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The MIR Space Station was open for business.There was a string of 5 SOYUZ TM spacecraft arrivals over two years beginning in 1986. Three were long term crews and included several cosmonauts from other countries including SYRIA, AFGHANISTAN and FRANCE. The European Space Agency ESA took advantage of the Soviet capability and began extensive training of their own scientist astronauts for long stays aboard MIR. Meanwhile the US space agency NASA did their house cleaning, re designed the solid rocket booster on the Shuttle Orbiter and on 29thSeptember 1988 Discovery lifted off returning America to space.moreless

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