A Mir is launched as members of our team watch from the rail of Keldysh. (Ken Marschall)

One of the Russian sub handlers ("cowboys" or "broncos" as we called them) rides atop a Mir as it is towed. (Ken Marschall)

Towing Mir 1 away from Keldysh before descent. (Ken Marschall)

The Koresh tows Mir 1 a safe distance from Keldysh before the handler atop the sub releases the line. A Zodiac waits nearby to pick him up. (Ken Marschall)