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Space History Photo: Atlantis Departing Mir

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis departs the Mir Russian Space Station. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, a view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis departing the Mir Russian Space Station on July 14, 1995. This image was taken during the STS-71 mission by cosmonauts aboard their Soyuz TM transport vehicle. The scene is backdropped by the Earth's limb.

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