US astronaut ferried to Mir

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The Independent Online
Houston - A Soyuz capsule carrying two Russians and an American docked successfully yesterday with the Mir space station. Norman Thagart, the first US astronaut blasted into space in a Russian rocket, will live aboard Mir until June, when the US shuttle Atlantis is to dock with the station to take him home and drop off two cosmonauts.

A record 13 people are currently in space - the six now at the Mir station and seven Americans aboard the shuttle Endeavour. The shuttle crew trained ultraviolet telescopes on the moon and a distant quasar in a final round of studies before their scheduled return to Earth today. Agencies