Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Following
a two day solo flight Soyuz TM-21 docked with the MIR space station on March
16, 1995. Norman
became the first American astronaut to launch on a
Soyuz spacecraft and board MIR.
exchanged. The three cosmonauts became the
18th resident crew
became the first U.S. astronaut onboard the MIR space
station. On June 02, 1995 the new Spektr module docked with the MIR.
on May 12, 1995 (6h 14m), May 17, 1995 (6h 41m), May 22, 1995 (5h 14m), May 28,
1995 (0h 21m) and June 01, 1995 (0h 22m) to rebuild the space station
(installation of solar array and repositioning docking adapter). There have
been several technical problems during this mission. The cosmonauts also
performed life science experiments.
The crew members were relieved by
Space Shuttle Atlantis during STS-71
when they were replaced by expedition
, who returned
to earth aboard Soyuz TM-21 on September 11, 1995.