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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shuttle Approaches Mir

SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Space shuttle Atlantis zoomed toward the Russian space station Mir for Tuesday's docking and five days of joint operations.

Before the two spacecraft separate this weekend, shuttle astronaut Jerry Linenger will switch places with fellow American John Blaha, who has lived on the outpost since September.

Linenger and Blaha will work with five Atlantis astronauts and the two Russian cosmonauts aboard Mir to move nearly 3 tons of water, clothing, scientific specimens and other materials from one ship to the other.

Atlantis, which took off Sunday, was to dock with Mir early Wednesday morning Greenwich Mean Time.

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