Museum of space stations, Russia

Museum of space stations, Russia

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Caption: Space station museum. View of life-size models of various Russian space stations. At left is a reproduction of a Salyut module. In the centre is the main module of the Mir space station attached to the Kvant-1 module (right). Salyut ('Salute') was a program to launch the first Soviet space stations. Nine were launched between 1971 and 1982. Six were scientific research modules, three were for military use. Mir ('peace') was a larger space station that was in orbit between 1986 and 2001. It was expanded with the addition of many extra modules filled with experiments or crew quarters. Kvant-1 ('quantum') was an astrophysics module, carrying ultraviolet and x-ray telescopes and similar instruments. Photographed at the Khrunichev State Research and

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