A Year in Space
by George A. Spiteri
Saturday March 5th 1988
The cosmonauts began a series of experiments with a beam furnace to obtain super-pure alloys with the help of solar energy.
Sunday March 6th and Monday March 7th 1988
Two more days off for the cosmonauts.
Tuesday March 8th 1988
A new series of astrophysical experiments on the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Wednesday March 9th 1988
The cosmonauts did experiments in materials processing.
Thursday March 10th 1988
More routine astrophysical experiments were conducted today.
Friday March 11th 1988
A continuation of materials processing experiments.
Saturday March 12th and Sunday March 13th 1988
This was the usual weekend—off. The cosmonauts put aside scientific experiments to talk to their wives and children. On the Saturday evening they watched a concert and some video films. The remainder of their time off was spent reading (from Mir’s library) and listening to classical and popular music.
Monday March 14th 1988
Today was spent doing astrophysical observations aboard Kvant and earth resources studies of the U.S.S.R.
Tuesday March 15th 1988
More astrophysical observations aboard Kvant. It is interesting to note that Radio Moscow today said: “life in space has its ups and downs” but went on to say that Titov and Manarov “are managing well with their research”.
Wednesday March 16th 1988
The cosmonauts worked with the Glazar ultra-violet telescope and did materials processing experiments on the Pion apparatus.
Thursday March 17th 1988
Today the cosmonauts did an interesting experiment called Akustika to study background noises such as fans and instruments in the living quarters of Mir.
Friday March 18th 1988
Astrophysical experiments were conducted today.
Saturday March 19th and Sunday March 20th 1988
Another weekend of rest for the two cosmonauts.
Monday March 21st 1988
Continuation of astrophysical experiments.
Tuesday March 22nd 1988
Today was Musa Manarov’s 37th birthday. He received greetings from relatives, friends, experts at Mission Control and from his home in Azerbaijan.
Wednesday March 23rd 1988
Western newsmen were allowed to film a Progress cargo craft in the assembly building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome being prepared for a launch.