D’oh! Ten Goofs in Space
There are some situations even astronauts can't train for.
- By Paul Hoversten
- Air & Space magazine, November 2011
Mir commander Vasily Tsibliyev was docking a Progress cargo ship by remote control in June 1997 when he lost sight of the unmanned spacecraft and it careened into the Russian space station. The Progress damaged a solar panel (pictured) and punched a hole in the Spektr science module, causing the first depressurization in space. Flight engineer Aleksandr Lazutkin and NASA astronaut Michael Foale quickly sealed off Spektr and kept the station from having to be abandoned.