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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Mission to MIR for welcoming
the United States Astronauts to the world's first space station.
Russia took the lead the space medicine there with successful
extended stays of Cosmonauts over a year in length.

Mission to MIR

Mission to MIR (2001) - 39 minutes
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After decades of rivalry, the world's two greatest powers have discovered the value of friendship.

Uniting two former rival nations, Mission to Mir is an unique tour of the Russian Space Station MIR. Filmed in space by American astronauts, the film examines their relationships with MIR's cosmonauts as they live, work and entertain in a zero-gravity environment. Join record-setting space pioneer Shannon W. Lucid and her colleagues inside their weightless home against a panorama of spectacular space scenery.

11-12-15 Cosmonaut training site: Oasis in an uncertain world
Cosmonaut training site: Oasis in an uncertain world
Lost in the birch forests an hour's drive outside Moscow is an oasis of diplomatic calm amid the turbulence surrounding Russia's relations with the outside world. While the headlines are raging about Russia's actions with its military or its athletes, one very stark and unavoidable fact remains: that Russia currently has the only means of getting people into orbit above Earth. When Western sanctions were first imposed on Russia, and questions were raised about whether Americans should still use Russian rockets, a Russian minister tweeted a picture of a Nasa trampoline - a reminder of the fact that the Americans had no choice. Ever since Nasa retired its space shuttles in 2011 - which were costing a vast amount for each launch - any manned spaceflight has had to involve Russia's venerable but highly dependable Soyuz rockets. I asked him which he'd prefer to ride: an American shuttle or a Russian Soyuz. He was too polite to answer directly but said his wife was happier to see him in a Soyuz because it was more reliable. Now the Soyuz route is a necessity, and will remain so until two American companies, SpaceX and Boeing, are ready with their own crew capsules, a prospect that keeps slipping.


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Mission to MIR

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Mission to MIR for welcoming
the United States Astronauts to the world's first space station.
Russia took the lead the space medicine there with successful
extended stays of Cosmonauts over a year in length.