Mir history/deorbit info

From: Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@saic.com)
Date: Thu Mar 01 2001 - 10:44:23 PST

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    Greetings Igor and List,
    Thank you for forwarding the story briefly summarizing the
    Mir Space Station's history and planned deorbit.  I just
    wanted to add my opinion with regard to the following
    > The Mir Station accommodated 28 long-term basic expeditions
    > accompanied by 16 visiting expeditions lasting from a week to a
    > month. Of them 15 expeditions were international ones. More
    > over, 9 visiting expeditions were conducted with Space Shuttle
    > orbiters ferrying 37 US astronauts, 1 Canadian astronaut, 1 ESA
    > astronaut, 1 French astronaut and 4 Russian cosmonauts. The
    > Mir Station became essentially the first international space station.
    It is precisely for these reasons that I will never refer
    to the International Space Station as "Alpha".  I don't
    know the history behind how this name came about, but as
    an American I would be embarrassed if my country had
    anything to do with it.
    Best wishes,
    Rob Matson
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