an exercise in miscellany

Mir

In history on July 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

Mir (Russian: Мир, IPA: [ˈmʲir]; lit. Peace or World) was a Soviet and later Russian space station, operational in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001. With a greater mass than that of any previous space station, Mir was the first of the third generation of space stations, constructed from 1986 to 1996 with a modular design, and the largest artificial satellite orbiting the Earth until its deorbit on 21 March 2001.  After 15 years in orbit and visits by 104 humans, the Russian MIR space station ended it’s life by falling back to earth and mostly burning up as it reentered the atmosphere. Some large pieces of debris plunged into the Pacific ocean.

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