Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Director Roy Bridges, at far left, shakes the hand of Mission Specialist Takao Doi, Ph.D., of the National Space Development Agency (NASDA) of Japan. During the STS-87 mission, scheduled for launch on Nov. 19, Dr. Doi will become the first Japanese astronaut to conduct a spacewalk. Pointing to Dr. Doi is Mission Commander Kevin Kregel, who will lead the crew of one other veteran space flyer and four rookies on mission STS-87 aboard the Shuttle Columbia. Kregel is a veteran of two space flights (STS-70 and -78). Next to Kregel is Payload Specialist Leonid Kadenyuk of the National Space Agency of Ukraine. The crew arrived at KSC on Nov. 3 to conduct the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT), held at KSC prior to each Space Shuttle flight to provide the crew with opportunities to participate in simulated countdown activities. (Photo Release Date: 11/03/97 )
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