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Priroda was the last of the scheduled 5 Russian modules of Mir and was launched from the Baykonur cosmodrome by a Proton-K rocket to dock after 3 days rather than the usual 9 days. The launch itself was 3 days earlier than the planned date in order to facilitate an American microbiology program. Priroda carried 900 kg of American equipment to be delivered to the American astronaut on Mir. Other cargo on board included several remote sensing Russian instruments. It is likely that Priroda may later be attached to the planned international space station, Alpha.

Alternate Names

  • 23848

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1996-04-23
Launch Vehicle: Proton-K
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan
Mass: 19000 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair
  • Earth Science

Additional Information

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