Astronomy and Space


Which U.S. astronauts spent time aboardMir?

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 allowed the United States and Russia to enter a new era of space collaboration. NASA made a financial commitment of $400 million to the Russian space program to continue the expeditions to the Mir space station. The space shuttle Atlantis was fitted with a special adaptor to allow it to dock with Mir. There were eleven space shuttle flights to Mir between February 1994 and June 1998. In a new spirit of cooperation, Russian cosmonauts began to fly on the shuttle, while American astronauts began to spend time on Mir conducting experiments with their Russian counterparts. The experiences gained by the U.S. astronauts on Mir were beneficial in planning for the International Space Station. A total of seven U.S. astronauts spent 980 cumulative days aboard Mir.

Astronaut Dates Total Number of Days
Shannon Lucid March 22, 1996-September 26, 1996 188
C. Michael Foale May 15, 1997-October 5, 1997 145
Andrew Thomas January 22, 1998-June 12, 1998 141
Jerry Linenger January 12, 1997-May 24, 1997 132
John Blaha September 16, 1996-January 22, 1997 128
David Wolf September 25, 1997-January 31, 1998 128
Norman E. Thagard March 14, 1995-July 7, 1995 118


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