So where did the name "Mir" originate?
Mir (Russian: Мир; lit. Peace or World) was a Soviet (and later Russian) space station. Additionally, Mira in Sanskrit means ocean or sea. Miras in Latin means (wonderment) and mirari (to wonder), mirar or mirer (to look) in Spanish and French, mirror (to reflect) in English, miru (to watch or look at) in Japanese.
Mir was the world's first consistently inhabited long-term research station in space. Our Mir, will not be the world's first consistently inhabited long-term research boat on the water. But, it very easily could be the first time in many years that French, British, and Americans successfully worked together for a selfless common goal (with help from a pair of Belgians).
Many lucky children are given names that miraculously just seem to fit. Luckier children grow into their names and the two continue to evolve simultaneously. Mir's presence is slowly rising from the rust and rubble that once was Marilou. Nothing has come easy. Every task has had its own set of unique challenges. However, Mir cannot yet be a case study proving Murphy's law to be true. I believe Mir is the correct name for the upcoming stage of our boat's life for many reasons. For example, Mir fits because of the pieces of the world that are represented and will be represented on-board the vessel. More importantly, every port where it docks and every wave it glides past will make its impression on what we see and know to be Mir.
A combined interest in the relationships between various communities and a sense of global conservation drive PCRF leaders Mark Van Thillo (Laser) and Abigail Alling (Gaie). Gaie and Laser are a tireless duo who have managed to put together a team whose skills compliment their own and complete our PCRF family.