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View of astronaut Shannon Lucid exercising on a treadmill in the Mir Space Station Base Block while John Blaha reviews his flight data file.

Blaha on a Day on Mir

In a Mir-22 mission summary, U.S. Mir astronaut John Blaha describes a typical day on Mir.

He writes: "I wake to an alarm clock every morning at 8:00 a.m. By 8:30 I am talking to folks all around the world on the Ham radio. This is a great way to meet folks and receive news from planet Earth. I usually am finished with breakfast at 9:30 a.m. I have a lot of exciting experiments that I perform until 12:30 p.m. Then I run on the treadmill and use expanders to maintain my muscle strength. After cleanup, we eat lunch together, talk about what we have been doing in the morning and what we will be doing in the afternoon. We do science experiments for another four hours; then have another hour of riding the bicycle before dinner. After dinner I usually spend one to two hours preparing for the next work day. It now is 10:00 p.m. I spend the next two hours looking at our beautiful planet, looking at the stars, finding planets, and watching movies. I have 50 fantastic movies, a few Dallas Cowboy games, etc., as selections."

Related Links:
Life on Mir
Profile: John Blaha
John Blaha Oral History (PDF)
Blaha Increment: Keeping it Going

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