STS-71 Pilot Charles J. Precourt arrives at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility in one of the T-38 aircraft traditionally flown by the astronaut corps. The seven STS-71 crew members flew into KSC from Johnson Space Center as final preparations are under way toward the scheduled liftoff on June 23 of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on the first mission to dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. KSC-95EC-870 - Mir 19 Flight Engineer Nikolai M. Budarin arrives at KSC Mir 19 Flight Engineer Nikolai M. Budarin hitches a ride with STS-71 Pilot Charles J. Precourt in a T-38. Budarin, Precourt and the rest of the STS-71 crew arrived at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility the same day the countdown clock began ticking toward a scheduled liftoff on Friday, June 23. During the historic flight of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-71, the crew will perform the first U.S. docking with the Russian Space Station Mir. Budarin and Mir 19 Mission Commander Anatoly Solovyev will transfer to Mir during the flight, and the three crew members currently on Mir will return to Earth in the orbiter. (Photo Release Date: 6/20/95 )
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