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In the early 1990s, the two world leaders of space exploration agreed to cooperate in a series of space missions. Referred to as the Shuttle-Mir Program, this partnership between the United States and Russia created opportunities for an extraordinary exchange of expertise and knowledge, producing numerous advancements to benefit future human spaceflight expeditions.

To help document this historic time period, the Shuttle-Mir Oral History Project began in 1998 to capture the thoughts and experiences of the American and Russian team members. Their efforts impacted the design, policies, and operational procedures of Phase 1, International Space Station.

Information collected via personal interviews provides a perspective from those who were involved in the "real life," day-to-day activities of the joint venture. The participants in this project are just a few of the hundreds of people who worked together to meet the challenges of this bold, global interchange of technology and culture.

These Shuttle-Mir histories are part of a larger oral history collection located at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

SELECT here for a list of participants and links to their Oral Histories in Adobe Acrobat PDF.

U.S. Mir Residents | Astronauts | Cosmonauts | Teams | Oral Histories | Shuttle-Mir Stories


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Curator: Kim Dismukes
Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty