Life in the Universe

Living in Space

What was life like aboard Mir?

Living space on Mir, the Russian space station that orbited Earth from 1986 to 2001, consisted of two small sleeping cabins and a common area with dining facilities and exercise equipment. It accommodated three people at a time for indefinitely long stays, and up to six people for short stays of up to a month. Although it was cozy, Mir was designed with comfort and privacy in mind, since it was correctly anticipated that crew members would be living on the station for very long periods of time.


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