As part of Crew Equipment Interface Test (CEIT) activities at SPACEHAB, members of the STS-106 crew check out a Maximum Envelope Support Structure (MESS) rack they will be using during their mission to the International Space Station. Seen here (with backs to camera, in uniform) are Mission Specialist Richard A. Mastracchio, Pilot Scott D. Altman, Boris V. Morukov, and Edward T. Lu (at right). Also taking part in the CEIT are Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt and Mission Specialists Yuri I. Malenchenko and Daniel C. Burbank. Malenchenko and Morukov represent the Russian Aviation and Space Agency. STS-106 is scheduled to launch Sept. 8, 2000, at 8:31 a.m. EDT from Launch Pad 39B on an 11-day mission. The seven-member crew will prepare the Space Station for its first resident crew and begin outfitting the newly arrived Zvezda Service Module. They will perform support tasks on orbit, transfer supplies and prepare the Zvezda living quarters for the first long-duration crew, dubbed “Expedition One,” which is due to arrive at the Station in late fall. (Photo Release Date: 07/19/2000 )
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