The STS-71 Spacelab-Mir module is lifted by overhead crane from a test stand in the Operations and Checkout (O&C) Building after final checkout work is completed by the KSC payload processing team. the module will be integrated into the payload bay of the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis. During the 11-day mission, the module will serve as an orbital medical laboratory where joint U.S.-Russian investigations will be conducted on the physiological effects of long-duration spaceflight. Also on board Atlantis will be the Orbiter Docking System (ODS) that will permit the link-up of Atlantis and the Russian Mir Space Station. STS-71 is the first of seven planned docking missions. The Spacelab-Mir also carries supplies for the two Russian Mir 19 crew members who will liftoff as a part of the STS-71 crew and later transfer into the space station. (Photo Release Date: 3/20/95 )

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