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Terror in Space

Program Overview


NOVA looks at life on the Russian space station Mir and investigates the recent series of mishaps that the station has encountered.

  • Launched in 1986, Mir's projected life-span is five years. However, Mir continues to be used into the late 1990s.

  • In 1995, American astronauts join Russian cosmonauts on Mir to study long-term endurance in space.

  • During an exchange-of-astronauts celebration, a fire is discovered shooting from an oxygen canister, turning the festivities to panic. Russians and Americans disagree over the seriousness of the situation.

  • Cosmonauts and astronauts struggle to repair and maintain the station's aging technology.

  • While practicing a manual docking procedure, cosmonauts lose control of an unmanned supply ship, which crashes into the space station, causing the cabins to depressurize and damaging the station's solar panels.

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Terror in Space
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