June 3, 2011
Soon after Russia's Mir Space Station and the Space Shuttle Atlantis were docked in Earth-orbit, hatchways were quickly and safely opened, making way for special reunions like the one between astronaut and cosmonaut guest researcher Shannon W. Lucid (still attired in her Mir-22 garment) and astronaut John E. Blaha near the tunnel connection to the Docking Module (DM) on Mir, during Flight Day 4. After spending 180 days aboard Mir, Lucid is with the astronaut who will replace her as cosmonaut guest researcher. The two have flown together on two previous Space Shuttle missions.
Topics: Mir, Manned spacecraft, Spaceflight, STS-76, Shuttle–Mir Program, Shannon Lucid, John E. Blaha, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shannon W. Lucid, Astronaut