STS-69 Payload Commander James S. Voss completes suitup in the Operations and Checkout Building with help from a suit technician. Voss has flown in space twice before, notching more than 340 hours in orbit. In addition to serving as payload commander on STS-69, he also is scheduled to perform an extravehicular activity, or spacewalk, during the course of the scheduled 11-day flight. Note that Voss' name tag reads Dogface. The STS-69 crew has dubbed itself the Dog Crew II, continuing a spirit of camaraderie that began on an earlier flight, STS-53, on which Voss and STS-69 Mission Commander David Walker were crew members. Each of the STS-69 crew members adopted a dog-theme name, and the crew is even sporting a Dog Crew II patch along with the traditional mission emblem. After donning their launch/ entry suits, the five astronauts assigned to STS-69 will depart for Launch Pad 39A, where the Space Shuttle Endeavour awaits liftoff during a two and a half hour window opening at 11:09 a.m. EDT. (Photo Release Date: 09/07/95 )
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