Shuttle astronaut Wendy Lawrence talks spacesuits, Mir and learning Russian in ‘Virtual Astronaut’ webcast Friday

In October, if all goes to plan, the International Space Station (ISS) will celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence. That’s two decades, 63 expeditions, and dozens of astronauts and cosmonauts who lived and worked on board the orbiting lab nonstop. 



NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence works at the space shuttle Discovery's aft flight deck during the STS-114 mission, on July 28, 2005.


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NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence works at the space shuttle Discovery’s aft flight deck during the STS-114 mission, on July 28, 2005.

Former NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence was supposed to fly in the predecessor program to ISS, called the Shuttle-Mir program. A handful of astronauts from NASA’s space shuttle program spent a few months each on the Russian (formerly Soviet) Mir space station in the 1990s. This allowed them to train regularly for the first time with cosmonauts, or Russian spaceflyers, since the joint NASA-Soviet Apollo-Soyuz mission of 1975.

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But Lawrence will soon deliver a virtual talk that, in part, addresses a time when

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