Against the verdant backdrop of a Florida summer in full bloom, the Space Shuttle Discovery climbs a ladder of fire reaching to the sky. Discovery lifted off on Mission STS-70 from Launch Pad 39B at 9:41:55:078 a.m. EDT. The 70th Shuttle flight overall is the 21st for Discovery (OV-103) and the fourth Shuttle flight in 1995. On board for the planned eight-day mission are a crew of five: Commander Terence "Tom" Hendricks; Pilot Kevin R. Kregel; and Mission Specialists Nancy Jane Currie, Donald A. Thomas and Mary Ellen Weber. The crew's primary objective is to deploy the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-G (TDRS-G), which will join a constellation of other TDRS spacecraft already on orbit. (Photo Release Date: 7/13/95 )
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