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Mir Diary - 1993

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
1993 Jan 24 05:58 Soyuz TM-16 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 190 x 218 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination with cosmonauts Gennady Manakov and Alexandr Poleschuk aboard - it is fitted with ans APAS androgynous docking unit rather than the usual Soyuz probe-type unit
1993 Jan 26 07:31 Soyuz TM-16 docks with the androgynous docking unit at the extreme end of the Kristall module - orbit is 391 x 394 kilometres
1993 Feb 1 00:26 Soyuz TM-15 undocks from Mir with Solovyov and Avdeyev aboard
1993 Feb 1 02:55 Approximate time - Soyuz TM-15 makes its retro-fire
1993 Feb 1 03:49 Soyuz TM-15 lands
1993 Feb 4 00:44 Progress M-15 undocks from Mir
1993 Feb 7 06:43 After a retro-firing of its manoeuvring engine, Progress M-15 enters the upper atmosphere and burns up as a result of frictional heating
1993 Feb 21 18:32 Progress M-16 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 187 x 205 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination
1993 Feb 23 20:17 Progress M-16 docks automatically with the docks with the rear port of Kvant - orbit is 388 x 392 kilometres
1993 Mar 26 06:50 Progress M-16 undocks from Mir
1993 Mar 26 07:06 After backing-off to a distance of 70m, Progress M-16 approaches and re-docks with the rear port of Kvant
1993 Mar 26 10:25 Progress M-16 fires its manoeuvering engines prior to re-entry - about forty minute later, it enters the upper atmosphere and burns up as a result of frictional heating
1993 Mar 27 04:21 Progress M-16 undocks from Mir
1993 Mar 31 03:34 Progress M-17 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 186 x 216 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination
1993 Apr 1 00:00 Mak 2 , a small satellite released from Mir 1992 Nov 20, re-enters the Earth's atmosphere
1993 Apr 2 05:16 Progress M-17 docks automatically with the rear port of Kvant - orbit is 393 x 395 kilometres
1993 Apr 19 17:15 Manakov and Poleschuk start a space walk to work on installing a solar array mounting on Kvant
1993 Apr 19 22:40 Manakov and Poleschuk finish their space walk after 5 hours 25 minutes
1993 May 22 06:41 Progress M-18 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 185 x 227 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination - in addition to the usual cargo, it is carrying a Raduga re-entry vehicle to be used to return experimental material from Mir
1993 May 24 08:24 Progress M-18 docks automatically with Mir's forward-facing port - orbit is 374 x 377 kilometres
1993 Jun 18 17:25 Manakov and Poleschuk start a space walk to finish installing a solar array mounting on Kvant
1993 Jun 18 21:58 Manakov and Poleschuk finish their space walk after 4 hours 33 minutes
1993 Jul 1 14:32 Soyuz TM-17 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 197 x 225 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination with cosmonauts Vasily Tsibiliyev, Aleksandr Serebrov, and Jean-Pierre Haigneré (France) aboard - Haigneré is married to ESA astronaut Claudie Haigneré (formerly Claudie Deshays)
1993 Jul 3 15:58 Soyuz TM-17 docks with Mir's forward-facing port - orbit is 388 x 395 kilometres
1993 Jul 3 15:58 Progress M-18 undocks from Mir
1993 Jul 4 Progress M-18 fires its retro-rocket to initiate re-entry
1993 Jul 4 A Raduga re-entry capsule is ejected from the Progress M-18 forward hatch and continues on its own re-entry patch
1993 Jul 4 17:13 Progress M-18's Raduga capsule lands in Russia for a safe recovery
1993 Jul 4 Progress M-18 enters the upper atmosphere and burns up as a result of frictional heating
1993 Jul 22 03:00 Soyuz TM-16 undocks from Mir with Manakov, Poleschuk and Jean-Pierre Haigneré aboard
1993 Jul 22 05:46 Soyuz TM-16 makes its retro-fire
1993 Jul 22 06:14 Soyuz TM-16 descent module separates
1993 Jul 22 06:41 Soyuz TM-16 lands
1993 Aug 10 22:23 Progress M-19 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 179 x 224 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination
1993 Aug 11 15:36 Progress M-17 undocks from Mir - it is low on propellant and has insufficient for pre-re-entry retrofire
1993 Aug 13 00:00 Progress M-19 docks automatically with the rear port of Kvant - orbit is 387 x 393 kilometres
1993 Sep 16 05:57 Tsibilyev and Serebrov start a space walk to unpack elements of the Rapana truss - a possible construction device for future space stations - the two cosmonauts are working space simultaneously with the STS-51 astronauts aboard Shuttle Discovery
1993 Sep 16 10:15 Tsibilyev and Serebrov finish their space walk after 4 hours 18 minutes
1993 Sep 28 00:52 Tsibilyev and Serebrov start a space walk to install and retrieve material samples to study the effects of space exposure, and to obtain film images of the exterior of Mir so that engineers can inspect the state of the panels
1993 Sep 28 03:44 Tsibilyev and Serebrov finish their space walk after one hour 52 minutes - it has been cut short because of overheating of Tsibliyev's space suit
1993 Oct 11 Progress M-20 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by Soyuz rocket into 188 x 226 kilometre orbit at 51.6 degrees inclination
1993 Oct 12 17:59 Progress M-19 undocks from Mir
1993 Oct 12 Progress M-19 fires its retro-rocket to initiate re-entry
1993 Oct 12 A Raduga re-entry capsule is ejected from the Progress M-19 forward hatch and continues on its own re-entry patch
1993 Oct 13 00:22 Progress M-19's Raduga capsule lands in Russia for a safe recovery
1993 Oct 13 Progress M-19 enters the upper atmosphere and burns up as a result of frictional heating
1993 Oct 13 23:24 Progress M-20 docks automatically with with the rear port of Kvant - orbit is 388 x 397 kilometres
1993 Oct 22 15:47 Tsibilyev and Serebrov start a space walk to retrive samples from the outside of Mir
1993 Oct 22 16:25 Tsibilyev and Serebrov finish their space walk after 38 minutes due to a malfunction in Serebrov's space suit
1993 Oct 29 13:38 Tsibilyev and Serebrov start a space walk to continue filming Mir's external elements and to remove/replace some small components
1993 Oct 29 17:50 Tsibilyev and Serebrov finish their space walk after 4 hours 12 minutes
1993 Nov 21 02:38 Progress M-20 undocks from Mir
1993 Nov 21 Progress M-20 fires its retro-rocket to initiate re-entry
1993 Nov 21 A Raduga re-entry capsule is ejected from the Progress M-20 forward hatch and continues on its own re-entry patch
1993 Nov 21 09:06 Progress M-20's Raduga capsule lands in Russia for a safe recovery
1993 Nov 21 Progress M-20 enters the upper atmosphere and burns up as a result of frictional heating
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