An eager STS-103 crew emerge from behind the "Astrovan" at the Operations and Checkout Building to board the vehicle for transfer to Launch Pad 39B. Walking in pairs (from front to back) are Pilot Scott J. Kelly and Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr., Mission Specialists John M. Grunsfeld (Ph.D.) and Jean-Francois Clervoy of France, C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.) and Claude Nicollier of Switzerland, and Steven L. Smith taking up the rear. A previous launch attempt on Dec. 17 was scrubbed about 8:52 p.m. due to numerous violations of weather launch commit criteria at KSC. The mission, to service the Hubble Space Telescope, is now scheduled for launch Dec. 19 at 7:50 p.m. EST from Launch Pad 39B. Mission objectives include replacing gyroscopes and an old computer, installing another solid state recorder, and replacing damaged insulation in the telescope. After the 7-day, 21-hour mission, Discovery is expected to land at KSC Monday, Dec. 27, at about 5:24 p.m. EST. (Photo Release Date: 12/19/1999 )
KSC-99PP-1469 - Raw ASCII Text Caption file
KSC-99PP-1469 - Low (GIF Format, 320x240 pixels x 256 colors, approx 50 Kbytes)
KSC-99PP-1469 - Medium (JPEG format, 1024x768 pixels x 256 colors, approx 250 Kbytes)
KSC-99PP-1469 - High (JPEG, 2040x2640 pixels x 16 million colors, approx 400 Kbytes)
STS-103 KSC Photo IndexNext Image KSC-99PP-1470
DISCLAIMER: No copyright protection is asserted for these photographs.
If a recognizable person appears in this photograph, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity. It may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA of a commercial product. These photographs are available for preview and download in electronic digital form ONLY. They may not be ordered from NASA in photograph form. (See NASA Copyright Notice)