* Details how a succession of Salyut space stations led to the development of Mir. * Depicts Mir's assembly piece by piece, in space, between 1982 and 1996. * Describes how Mir became an international research laboratory. * Advises how Mir technology went on to form the 'core modules' of the ISS. * The definitive account of Mir throughout its life through to de-orbiting in March 2001.