NASA attempting to locate Russian Space Station MIR – a blinking, moving craft – against what one might expect to be a background of stars, a few satellites or a meteor or two.
STS-63 was the second mission of the US/Russian Shuttle-Mir Program, which carried out the first rendezvous of the AmericanSpace Shuttle with Russia’s space station Mir. Known as the ‘Near-Mir’ mission, the flight used Space Shuttle Discovery, which lifted off from launch pad 39B on 3 February 1995 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. A night launch and the 20th mission forDiscovery, it marked the first time a Space Shuttle mission had a female pilot, Eileen Collins, and carried out the successful deployment and retrieval of the Spartan-204 platform, along with the scheduled rendezvous and flyaround of Mir, in preparation forSTS-71, the first mission to dock with Mir. Source: Wiki