2011's 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

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Soviets launch Mir

Launched Feb. 19 1986, completed in 1996 and relegated to history on March 21, 2001, the Soviet (and later Russian) space station Mir set a number of records for human space flight. As described on NASA's Web site: "The space station Mir circle(d) the Earth in an orbit with inclination 51.6 degrees, perigee 350 km and apogee 400 km. It consists of six main modules: the Mir core module and the scientific modules known as Kvant, Kvant-2, Kristall, Priroda, and Spectr. (The names of the scientific modules translate as Quantum, Crystal, Nature, and Spectrum, respectively.)"

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