Synopsis by Alice Day
The aging Russian space station Mir has been plagued by a series of misfortunes. In Nova: Terror in Space, Nova explains how Mir's original life span was only five years. It is surprising to space scientists that the station could still function so long after its launch in 1986. Americans go on board in 1995 to study long-term endurance, and witness a fire from an oxygen canister during a celebration. While this was cause for panic among some, others did not deem it so serious. Eventually, the cosmonauts would lose control of a supply ship that crashes into Mir itself, causing much damage.