Today's International Space Station has roots extending back more than 30 years, to the Cold War competition when the Soviet Union orbited Mir, and NASA, Canada, Europe and Japan planned a bigger outpost dubbed Space Station Freedom. 1987 concept for Space Station Freedom. Mir-2 concept from 1993. Some elements of the follow-on Soviet station found their way into the ISS. After the Berlin Wall fell, and with it the Soviet Union, the space shuttle visited Mir 11 times, and ...

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