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Vasily Tsibliev was the commander of the Mir-23 mission, which lasted from February 10, 1997, until August 14, 1997. He and Mir-23 Flight Engineer Aleksandr Lazutkin worked with two American astronauts on the space station, beginning with Jerry Linenger. Linenger's mission began with the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on January 12, 1997, and ended when he returned to Earth on May 24, 1997. He was replaced by Michael Foale, whose mission started with the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on May 15, 1997, and came to a close when he returned to Earth on October 6, 1997.
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