Thursday, September 1, 2011

Five Minutes in Space recalls the STS-86/Mir "Leap of Faith"

In the Fall of 1997, NASA faced a difficult moment in its program of cooperative human spaceflight with the Russian Federal Space Agency. Following a series of troubling mishaps at the Mir Space Station, NASA officials prepared to send the STS-86 crew of the space shuttle Atlantis to Mir to pick up astronaut Michael Foale, and to deliver his replacement, David Wolf, for a long-term stay... The leap of faith involved in that decision is the focus of this month’s episode of my video documentary series, “Five Minutes in Space,” available now at: