Damage to the Mir space station's Spektr module

Damage to the Mir space station's Spektr module


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Mir space station damage. Damaged solar panels (at centre right) and radiator panel (white, at lower centre) of the Spektr module of the Russian Space Station Mir. On 25 June 1997 Mir was struck by a Progress unmanned supply vessel. Spektr was punct- ured near the base of the damaged solar panel, causing it to depressurize. The crew successfully isolated Spektr. Spektr is one of several science modules which have been added to Mir since the core of the space station was launched in 1986. This image was taken from the space shuttle during mission STS-086 (25 September to 6 October 1997), when the American astronaut David Wolf replaced British-born Michael Foales as a Mir crew member.

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