STS-92 Mission Specialist Leroy Chiao gives a thumbs-up to his arrival at KSC for launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on Oct. 5. Chiao is standing next to the T-38 jet aircraft that brought him from Houston. He and other crew members Commander Brian Duffy, Pilot Pamela Ann Melroy and Mission Specialists Koichi Wakata of Japan, Peter J.K. “Jeff” Wisoff, Michael E. Lopez-Alegria and William S. McArthur Jr. expressed their eagerness to launch to a waiting group of media at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The mission is the fifth flight for the construction of the International Space Station. The payload includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1 and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter. During the 11-day mission, four extravehicular activities (EVAs), or space walks, are planned. (Photo Release Date: 10/01/2000 )

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