November 30, 2022

On This Day In Space: Oct. 6, 1992: U.S. & Russia sign human spaceflight agreement

On This Day In Space: Oct. 6, 1992: U.S. & Russia sign human spaceflight agreement
On This Day In Space: Oct. 6, 1992: U.S. & Russia sign human spaceflight agreementOn This Day In Space: Oct. 6, 1992: U.S. & Russia sign human spaceflight agreement

On Oct. 6, 1992, the United States and Russia signed an agreement to share astronauts and cosmonauts. 

Known as the Agreement on Human Spaceflight Cooperation, this plan laid out the details for the joint Shuttle-Mir Program. 

During NASA's STS-71 mission aboard the shuttle Atlantis, cosmonauts Anatoliy Y. Solovyev and Nikolai M. Budarin, Mir-19 commander and flight engineer, respectively, temporarily unparked their Soyuz spacecraft from the cluster of Mir elements to perform a brief flyaround and photograph the visiting shuttle in July 1995.

During NASA’s STS-71 mission aboard the shuttle Atlantis, cosmonauts Anatoliy Y. Solovyev and Nikolai M. Budarin, Mir-19 commander and flight engineer, respectively, temporarily unparked their Soyuz spacecraft from the cluster of Mir elements to perform a brief flyaround and photograph the visiting shuttle in July 1995. (Image credit: Roscosmos via NASA)

Under this program, NASA’s space shuttles would fly to Russia’s Mir space station and carry Russian cosmonauts on board. 

Meanwhile, American astronauts started flying in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which still carries international crews to the International Space Station to this day.

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