June 2, 2011
Astronaut John E. Blaha, recently assigned as a cosmonaut researcher for the Russian Space Agency's (RSA) Mir-22 mission, is pictured with the Mir-23 cosmonauts. Vasili V. Tsiblev, right, is Mir-23 commander and Aleksandr I. Lazutkin, left, is Mir-23 flight engineer. Blaha was assigned to a period of flight preparation and training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Blaha will be delivered to the Russian Mir Space Station by the Space Shuttle Atlantis when NASA launches its STS-79 flight next summer.
Topics: John E. Blaha, Mir, Spaceflight, Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard Mir, Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center, STS-79, STS-81, Russian Federal Space Agency