The STS-73 flight crew gathers in the Operations and Checkout Building for an early morning repast. From left are Payload Specialists Albert Sacco Jr. and Fred W. Leslie; Payload Commander Kathryn C. Thornton; Mission Specialist Michael E. Lopez-Alegria; Mission Commander Kenneth D. Bowersox; Mission Specialist Catherine G. Coleman; and Pilot Kent V. Rominger. To support around-the-clock research investigations with the primary payload of Mission STS-73 -- the U.S. Microgravity Laboratory-2 -- the crew is divided into two shifts. Coleman, Lopez-Alegria and Leslie are assigned to the Blue Team, and began their day around 7 p.m. the previous evening; the other four crew members -- Bowersox, Rominger, Thornton and Sacco -- are on the Red Team and woke up around 4 a.m. this morning. Adjustments are being made to the prelaunch timeline in hopes of attaining better weather at liftoff time. The crew will perform such activities as suitup and departure for the pad about one hour later than originally planned. Liftoff of the Space Shuttle Columbia from Pad 39B is now set to occur no earlier than 10:46 a.m. EDT. (Photo Release Date: 10/15/95 )
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