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Mir space station. Fisheye lens view of the Russian space station Mir ('peace') orbiting over a storm (lower centre) on Earth. Mir was launched in February 1986. Consisting originally of a core module and docking facilities, a variety of science modules have been added to Mir, increasing its mass from its original 21 tonnes to over 100 tonnes. Image taken from shuttle Atlantis whilst it was docked with Mir as part of mission STS-79 during 16-26 September 1996. The mission's main purpose was to transport supplies to Mir as well as collecting and returning Shannon Lucid, an American astronaut, to Earth. Photographed over Heard Island in the southern Indian Ocean.
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