It’s January 1992, and Cosmonaut 3rd Class Sergei Krikalev is into his eighth month on the Soviet space station Mir. Yet when he launched on May 19, 1991, his mission was meant to last for just five months. But events back on Earth have meant that Krikalev now has no way of knowing when he’ll head for home.

Krikalev – who was a flight engineer – had arrived at the Mir station with two other people. One was Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut. She spent eight days aboard Mir, conducting experiments before returning to Earth. The other was Anatoly Artsebarsky, who was to spend almost five months on Mir.

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