A base block for modular construction
Early in the morning of 20 February 1986, a Proton rocket, still the most powerful in the inventory, rose on a brilliant pillar of flame above the Kyzyl-Kum desert and then streaked northeast into the pre-dawn twilight. Within its payload shroud was the first element of what was to become the Mir space station. Even though rumours that a new vehicle was being prepared had been leaked, the actual launch was a surprise, as the Salyut 7-Cosmos 1686 complex was still operational. In fact, it was Salyut 7’s troubled history that had prompted the decision — after the early return of the Soyuz-T 14 crew — to abandon it, and launch another station to mark the formal opening of the Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
KeywordsBase Block Lithium Hydroxide Potassium Superoxide Proton Rocket Unsymmetrical Dimethyl Hydrazine
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