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SPACECRAFT ACCIDENTS: EXAMINING THE PAST, IMPROVING THE FUTURE Mir Station Impact . Bryan Palaszewski working with the Digital Learning Network NASA Glenn Research Center. Mir Impact (Russia). Vehicles: Mir Space Station and Progress tanker Launched: April 6, 1997

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spacecraft accidents examining the past improving the future mir station impact

SPACECRAFT ACCIDENTS: EXAMINING THE PAST, IMPROVING THE FUTUREMir Station Impact

Bryan Palaszewski

working with the

Digital Learning Network

NASA Glenn Research Center

mir impact russia
Mir Impact (Russia)
  • Vehicles: Mir Space Station and Progress tanker
  • Launched: April 6, 1997
  • Incident occurred: June 25, 1997 (during redocking experiment)
  • Mission: Provide supplies to a long- duration space station
  • Problem: On approaching the Mir Space Station, the Progress tanker impacted Mir, causing an air leak and damage to the Spektr module and solar array wing.
mir impact russia results
Mir Impact (Russia) Results
  • Spektr module was isolated to prevent further air leakage.
  • Leak was isolated and repaired.
  • Commander was accused of poor judgement and fined for imprecise docking.
  • Commander was physically exhausted and overworked before the incident.