LIFE AFTER MIR

IN WHICH COMMANDER AND MRS. TSIBLIYEV SHARE A QUIET EVENING ON EARTH

"This is my second trip to the Mir, and I judge it a success because I am alive." --Russian cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev

Although she was quite devoted to him--and certainly overjoyed to get him back--Larissa Tsibliyev couldn't help wincing when she heard her husband equate mission success with personal survival. Vasily had made it sound as if he had gone up to Mir on a dare, like riding the roof of a prewar elevator. And now the family had been shamed, and the neighbors would snicker and cluck and throw at their windows whatever rotting turnips could be spared in these...

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