Authentic MIR Space Station Podu Refueling Control Board
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MIR Space Station Podu Refueling Control Board Panel

    This is an actual Podu 1A Fueling Console from the MIR's twin sister ship in Russia. During the MIR mission, the ship was used for cosmonaut/astronaut training and technical analysis for the Russian Space Agency.

It is a Real Piece of
Russian Space History.

The panel was used to monitor refueling of the Space Station by the Progress unmanned spacecraft that were launched on resupply missions to the space station. This is the only refueling control board of it's kind in the world.
The only other was the one on the MIR which burnt up upon entering the Earth's atmosphere on March 21, 2001.

It was made in 1985 and was used on the actual Mir Space Station's sister ship on the ground at the training facility. (There are no flown Mir panels in existence today. The only remaining panels are from the MIR's sister ship).

It is one of the key panels on the MIR station and
also one of the biggest in the main control panel area.
This block is mounted under the sensor board in the core module (base block) and helps the cosmonauts to control the parameters of refueling the space station.
The elaborate control panel consists of push buttons, indicator lights and gauges. The gauges of the panel indicate the high and low pressure of refueling & control of fuel valves.
The display located in the upper middle part of the panel consists of 15 widows; some of the windows indicate: Refueling from 77K, Feeding BA, Refueling from OKD, Feeding BSK, Piro-valves of the station unblocked, Piro-valves of fuel supplier unblocked

Here is the exact same Control Board mounted
on the MIR Space Station
in orbit above the Earth.

The first element of the
MIR was launched
on February 20, 1986.

MIR endured 15 years in orbit, 3 times its planned lifetime.
Over its lifetime, the space station hosted 125 cosmonauts and astronauts from 12 different nations. It supported 17 space expeditions, including 28 long-term crews. After more than 86,000 total orbits, Mir re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on Friday, March 23, 2001, at 9 a.m. Moscow time. The 134-ton space structure broke up over the southern Pacific Ocean.

In September, 2003 we were fortunate enough to actually acquire this authentic Space Station Control Board from the twin version of the MIR. 

The rest of the station was ultimately
disassembled in Russia and most of the pieces
were scraped after the MIR project ended in 2001.

We also have a  MIR Space Station Window Assembly
in our collection.
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Only a few pieces from the space station remain today.

Here is our
Control Panel
on display at the
Museum of Discovery &
Science
in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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