On April 23, 1996, Russia launched the Mir module Priroda (Nature) on a Proton launcher for rendezvous and docking with the space station on April 26. Weighing nearly 20 tons, the unit carries more than a ton of U.S. cargo for astronaut Shannon Lucid aboard the space station. Other Priroda equipment includes optical systems to survey Earth's resources. When docked, the new module completes the Mir construction complex started ten years earlier; four other modules -- Kristall, Kvant, Kvant-2, and Spektr -- have been launched and attached to the core unit before. Unlike them, Priroda has no solar power arrays but must rely on its on-board batteries as long as it is not docked to Mir.
|No. of Solar Arrays/Area|
|Priroda||19,700||13||4.35||66||1||Remote sensing, earth sciences|
Priroda was the last module to be added to the Mir. After its launch from Baikonur on April 23, 1996, it docked to the space station as scheduled on April 26. Its primary purpose is to add Earth remote sensing capability to Mir. It also contains the hardware and supplies for several joint U.S.-Russian science experiments.
Its Earth remote sensing capabilities include:
ISS Phase I - Space Station Mir
Shuttle-Mir Web: Mir Components - NASA
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