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What Do Mir's Solar Arrays Predict for ISS Arrays? Part 2: The Mir Cooperative Solar Array

Space Station Mir seen from the aft. The MCSA is titled in the image. Image Credit: NASA

The Mir Solar Array Return Experiment was not the only U.S. effort to test technology for the then-upcoming International Space Station; the U.S. also contributed to a new solar array to feed the ever power-hungry Mir.

The [...]

What Do Mir's Solar Arrays Predict for ISS arrays?

Space Station Mir as seen on approach by Atlantis on STS-76. Image Credit: NASA

In 1997 the Mir Core Module had been in orbit since 1986, for a total of 11 years, 6 years longer than its design life. The United States and the Russian Federation were in the middle of an agreement to [...]