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U.S. Mir astronaut John Blaha described Mir in an October, 11,1996, NASA update:
"Actually, if I could describe the environment, I was surprised. There was a lot of empty space. It may be five times the size of the volume [of the Space Shuttle] ... The environment is actually very good. The air is very healthy; it's not dry; it's not humid. Nothing smells. Two of the modules are very new inside. The other four modules look a bit used, as you could imagine something looking after people have lived in something in orbit for ten or eleven years without having the advantage of bringing the vehicle home and letting it be cleaned up on the ground."
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