KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Before suitup, the STS-105 and Expedition Three crews celebrate the pending launch with a special cake. In red shirts, seated left to right, are STS-105 Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester and Daniel Barry, Pilot Rick Sturckow and Commander Scott Horowitz. In blue shirts are the Expedition Three crew, Commander Frank Culbertson, Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin. Dezhurov and Tyurin are cosmonauts with the Russian Aviation and Space Agency. On the mission, Discovery will be transporting the Expedition Three crew and several payloads and scientific experiments to the ISS, including the Early Ammonia Servicer (EAS) tank. The EAS, which will support the thermal control subsystems until a permanent system is activated, will be attached to the Station during two spacewalks. The three-member Expedition Two crew will be returning to Earth aboard Discovery after a five-month stay on the Station. Launch is scheduled for 5:38 p.m. EDT Aug. 9. (Photo Release Date: 08/9/2001 )
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