Already well into their launch day timeline, the STS-71 flight crew pauses for lunch in the Operations and Checkout Building. From left are Mission Specialists Gregory J. Harbaugh and Bonnie J. Dunbar; Payload Commander Dr. Ellen S. Baker; STS-71 Mission Commander Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson; Mir 19 Mission Commander Anatoly Y. Solovyev; Mir 19 Flight Engineer Nikolai M. Budarin; and STS-71 Pilot Charles J. Precourt. The crew's wakeup time was 4:43 a.m.EDT, exactly 12 hours before the planned launch time of 4:43:02 p.m. EDT. While this means that today will be a long workday for the crew, their schedule is being driven by the mission timeline to insure that they are well-rested when it comes time to carry out the prime objective of Mission STS-71: the first rendezvous and docking between the U.S. Space Shuttle and the Russian Space Station Mir. The flight crew will receive a weather briefing before donning their launch/entry suits and departing for Launch Pad 39A, where the Space Shuttle Atlantis stands poised for liftoff on the 100th U.S. human space launch. (Photo Release Date: 6/24/95 )
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