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Mir Space Station Command Control Console and Monitor

There were two Mir Space Stations. One burned up on reentry, ending its space odyssey in 2001.

 

The second was used for astronaut training in Russia. This control console and monitor comes from the one that survived, and was used by every astronaut and cosmonaut that visited Mir.

 

I hosted just such an astronaut for lunch this week and a tour of the space collection at work. See photo with Ed Lu below. He remembers this panel well, and helped me label some of the buttons (see mouse-over notes above. If you trained on this, or can help label the others, please do. Some of the translations are still pretty cryptic).

 

Ed described the overall control panel as a hardwired master backup for all critical space station functions. As with Soyuz, they mainly used the backup system on mission because it was easier to get to and everything was in one place. The right panel of 12 white keys is the “Very Important Command Panel”, a memorable moniker. It has buttons for controlling the engines and orbital correction, life support and thermal management.

 

The squares with writing are pushbuttons, and the rectangles have two small light bulbs for display.

  

And from Heritage: “The command generation keys have mutual mechanical inhibits. These keys are used to issue activation and deactivation commands.

 

In the lower area are two data displays of twelve white buttons each.

 

The corresponding panel light verifies successful execution of the command. There is a wiring harness coming from the back of this unit with six multi-pin connectors.”

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Taken on March 8, 2012