Returning NASA astronaut and former Mir 22 crew member John E. Blaha (left), gestures towards his fellow STS-81 crew members during a press conference prior to their departure for Johnson Space Center Jan. 23 from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Station. The crew arrived at KSC aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis Jan. 22 to conclude the fifth Shuttle-Mir docking mission and return Blaha to Earth after four months in space. Behind Blaha from the left are Mission Commander Michael A. Baker; Pilot Brent W. Jett, and Mission Specialists John M. Grunsfeld, Peter J. K. "Jeff" Wisoff and Marsha S. Ivins. (Photo Release Date: 1/23/97 )

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