The Mir space station was one of the first long term space habitats. Construction of the station began in orbit in 1986 and took ten years to complete. Mir was de-orbited in 2001 ending fifteen years of service. Until the near completion of the International Space Station, Mir was the largest man-made object in orbit. Mir is a prime example of the ideology that “form follows function” due to the extreme costs and necessity based engineering needed to create such a habitat during that time period. It is far more memorable than the first space based habitat, Skylab.