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Mir Diary - 1988

A Chronology of mission events in orbit and on the ground. Mir existed for fifteen years growing from the original 20 tonne core module to a massive 130+ tonnes.

Date Time (UTC) Event
1988 Jan 20 22:51 Progress 34 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 185 x 258 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination
1988 Jan 23 00:09 Progress 34 docks at the Mir complex Kvant docking port - orbit is 334 x 355 kilometres
1988 Feb 26 09:30 Titov and Manarov begin a space walk to remove two sections from the solar panel erected by Romanenko and Laveikin 1987 June 16 - they replace them with new cells, some of which are instrumented in order to study their degradation, the retrieved sections will be studied
1988 Feb 26 13:55 Titov and Manarov complete their space walk after 4 hours 25 minutes (only three minutes longer than planned)
1988 Mar 4 03:40 Progress 34 undocks from Mir
1988 Mar 4 06:45 Progress 34 fires its manoeuvring engine to initiate re-entry and burns up as a result of frictional heating over the Pacific Ocean after some 40 minutes
1988 Mar 23 21:05 Progress 35 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 184 x 262 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination
1988 Mar 25 22:21 Progress 35 docks at the Mir complex Kvant docking port - orbit is 318 x 347 kilometres
1988 May 5 01:36 Progress 35 undocks from Mir
1988 May 5 06:01 Progress 35 fires its manoeuvring engine to initiate re-entry and burns up as a result of frictional heating over the Pacific Ocean after some 40 minutes
1988 May 13 00:30 Progress 36 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 185 x 246 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination
1988 May 15 02:13 Progress 36 docks at the Mir complex Kvant docking port - orbit is 318 x 347 kilometres
1988 Jun 5 11:11 Progress 36 undocks
1988 Jun 5 20:28 Progress 36 fires its manoeuvring engine to initiate re-entry and burns up as a result of frictional heating over the Pacific Ocean some 40 minutes later
1988 Jun 7 14:03 Soyuz TM-5 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 198 x 216 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination with cosmonauts Anatoli Solovyov, Viktor Savinikh and Aleksadr Aleksandrov (of Bulgaria) aboard
1988 Jun 9 15:57 Soyuz TM-5 docks with the Mir complex Kvant port - orbit is 333 x 359 kilometres
1988 Jun 17 06:20 Soyuz TM-4 undocks from Mir with Solovyov, Savinikh and Aleksandrov aboard - it then performs a fly-around inspection of the Mir complex
1988 Jun 17 09:22 Soyuz TM-4 fires its manoeuvring engine to initiate re-entry
1988 Jun 17 10:13 Soyuz TM-4 lands - 205 kilometres south-east of Dzhezhkazgan
1988 Jun 17 Immediately after landing in Soyuz TM-4, cosmonaut Anatoli Levchenko is taken by helicopter to the airport at Baikonur - from there, while still recovering from the effects of being in orbit, he pilots a Tu-154 civil airliner to Moscow in a simulation of a space shuttle re-entry and landing
1988 Jun 18 10:11 Soyuz TM-5 undocks from Mir with Titov and Manarov aboard
1988 Jun 18 10:27 After Mir has completed a 180 degree rotation, Soyuz TM-5 docks with Mir forward port
1988 Jun 30 05:33 Titov and Manarov begin a space walk to replace a detector unit in one of Kvant x-ray telescopes
1988 Jun 30 10:43 Titov and Manarov complete space walk after 5 hrs 10 minutes, not having completed their task due to a broken tool which prevented them unfastening the detector
1988 Jul 18 21:13 Progress 37 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 187 x 256 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination
1988 Jul 20 22:33 Progress 37 docks at the Mir complex Kvant docking port - orbit is 318 x 347 kilometres
1988 Aug 12 08:31 Progress 37 undocks from Mir
1988 Aug 12 12:51 Progress 37 fires its manoeuvring engine to initiate re-entry and burns up as a result of frictional heating over the Pacific Ocean after some 40 minutes
1988 Aug 25 05:00 Approximate time - Kvant orbital tug (launched 1987 Mar 31) re-enters the Earth atmosphere as a result of air drag - it is destroyed by frictional heating
1988 Aug 29 04:23 Soyuz TM-6 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 195 x 228 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination with cosmonauts Valery Lyakhov, Valery Poliakov (a medical doctor) and Abduk Mohmand (from Afghanistan) aboard
1988 Aug 31 05:41 Soyuz TM-6 docks with the Mir complex Kvant port - orbit is 333 x 359 kilometres
1988 Sep 5 23:55 Soyuz TM-5 undocks from Mir with Lyakhov and Mohmand aboard
1988 Sep 6 01:20 Approximate time - Soyuz TM-5 prepares to fire its manoeuvring engine to initiate re-entry but it fires late and the crew shuts it down down
1988 Sep 6 04:30 Approximate time - Soyuz TM-5 fires its manoeuvring engine again in an attempt to complete the re-entry manoeuvre - it fails to fire properly and long enough, leaving Soyuz TM-5 in orbit
1988 Sep 7 00:49 Soyuz TM-5 lands - 160 kilometres south-east of Dzhezhkazgan
1988 Sep 7 01:01 Soyuz TM-5 fires its manoeuvring engine again in an attempt to complete the re-entry manoeuvre - it is successful
1988 Sep 8 01:05 Soyuz TM-6 undocks with Titov, Manarov and Poliakov aboard
1988 Sep 9 01:25 After Mir has completed a 180 degree rotation, Soyuz TM-6 docks with the forward port
1988 Sep 9 23:34 Progress 38 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 186 x 246 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination
1988 Sep 12 01:21 Progress 38 docks at the Mir complex Kvant docking port - orbit is 337 x 363 kilometres
1988 Oct 20 06:59 Titov and Manarov begin a space walk to complete work on replacing a detector unit in one of Kvant x-ray telescopes which they began during a space walk 1988 June 30, and set up a bracket for use during a later space walk by a Soviet-French crew - they use the new Orlan-DMA space suits for the first time
1988 Oct 20 11:19 Titov and Manarov complete space walk after 4 hours 20 minutes
1988 Nov 23 12:12 Progress 38 undocks from Mir
1988 Nov 23 18:26 Progress 38 fires its manoeuvring engine to initiate re-entry and burns up as a result of frictional heating over the Pacific Ocean after some 40 minutes
1988 Nov 26 15:49 Soyuz TM-7 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 194 x 235 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination with cosmonauts Aleksandr Volkov, Sergei Krikalyov and Jean-Loup Chretien (of France) aboard
1988 Nov 28 17:15 Soyuz TM-7 docks with the Mir complex Kvant port - orbit is 337 x 369 kilometres
1988 Dec 9 09:57 Volkov and Chretien begin a space walk to instal several items of technical equipment on the outside of Mir
1988 Dec 9 16:07 Volkov and Chretien complete space walk after 6 hours 10 minutes
1988 Dec 21 02:32 Soyuz TM-6 undocks from Mir with Titov, Manarov and Chretien aboard
1988 Dec 21 06:44 Soyuz TM-6 lands - 180 kilometres south-east of Dzhezhkazgan
1988 Dec 21 06:48 Originally-planned landing time for Soyuz TM-6 - a computer problem causes a three hour delay
1988 Dec 21 09:12 Soyuz TM-6 fires its manoeuvring engine to initiate re-entry
1988 Dec 22 06:59 Soyuz TM-7 undocks from Mir with Volkov and Krikalyov aboard
1988 Dec 22 09:46 After Mir has completed a 180 degree rotation, Soyuz TM-7 docks with the forward port
1988 Dec 25 04:11 Progress 39 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 187 x 237 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination
1988 Dec 27 05:35 Progress 39 docks at the Mir complex Kvant docking port - orbit is 325 x 353 kilometres
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