Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Russian space station Mir 1995

On the back row, left to right, are Norman E. Thagard, Mir 18 crew download; Gennadiy Strelalov, Mir 18 crew download; Gregory J. Harbaugh, mission specialist; Ellen S. Baker, mission specialist; Charles J. Precourt, pilot; Bonnie J. Dunbar, mission specialist; and Nikolai Budarin, Mir 19 crew upload.

On the 100th U.S. human spaceflight, the space shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian space station Mir, June 29, 1995. It was the first docking since the Apollo-Soyuz mission in July 1975. It became the largest spacecraft ever in orbit and the first change-out of a shuttle crew.

They undocked on July 4 and the Atlantis returned to Earth July 7.

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