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19/02/1986 Mir space station is launched

The Proton-K rocket took the first module of Soviet space station Mir to low Earth orbit (Some sources cite a different date: February 20). The station operated fifteen years. It was the first continuously inhabited long-term research station in orbit. It held the record for the longest continuous human presence until 2010.


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