That title goes to Helen Sharman, who visited the former Soviet space station Mir
in the early 1990s.
1995 -- Astronauts and cosmonauts shake hands and hug after the US shuttle Atlantis docked at the Russian space station Mir
, uniting the two former Cold War adversaries in a new era of cooperation.
The longest space mission on record is that of Valeriy Polyakov, who spent 437 days aboard the Russian space station Mir
in 1994 and 1995.
In 1995, the space shuttle Discovery flew to within 37 feet of the Russian space station Mir
in the first rendezvous of its kind in two decades.
Her predecessor, Elena Kondakova, made her second - and last flight to the Russian space station Mir
in 1997 as part of a Nasa space shuttle crew.
It was NASA's second space shuttle mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir
The story also referred to a real-life 1997 accident on the Russian space station Mir
, noting that an "oxygen canister" ignited.
He was the only Canadian to visit the Russian space station Mir
in 1995, the first Canadian to perform a spacewalk when he installed Canadarm2 onto the ISS in 2001.
That same year, American cosmonaut David Wolf was the first person to use the intergalactic voting system, casting a ballot in a local election while he was aboard the Russian space station Mir
Lawrence, who was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi at the United States Naval Academy in 1980, logged more than 1,200 hours in space as a NASA astronaut and visited the Russian space station Mir
before retiring in 2006.
The station has been inhabited in orbit for more than 11 years, beating the previous record held by the Russian space station Mir
DOCKING WITH MIR June 27, 1995 - The first of 11 dockings with the Russian space station Mir
opened the way for the COLUMBIA DISASTER February 1, 2003 - Insulation foam fell off the external tank on takeoff leaving a hole that tore Columbia apart on re-entry, killing seven crew.