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Clocks A Day in the Life: 7 p.m.


At 1900 hours (7:00 p.m.) you have supper. You've developed a liking for the Russian meat-and-potato casserole (after rehydrating it, of course). As for the cosmonauts, they like anything as long as they can cover it with the packets of American mayonnaise that NASA has sent up with you.

After supper, you've got to clean up (just like back on Earth). Collecting trash, organizing the food supply, sponging up water and dealing with clutter is a constant concern on Mir. The Russian Progress spacecraft bring new equipment and supplies every few months. Although human waste and trash can be sent back on the Progress, which simply burns up on reentry into the atmosphere, there is no room for the old scientific equipment. You and your colleagues are in charge when it comes to finding places to store things.

The last comm pass of the day is between 2200 and 2300 hours (10 p.m. and 11 p.m.). You look over the new Form 24 for the next day's work, say goodnight to your crewmates, and float out of Base Block and back into the Kvant-2's airlock, your private cabin.

If you're lucky you have time to type a letter home on your computer; the next day you'll use a ham radio packet system to send them to the ground controllers, who will e-mail them to your family.



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