Looking exhilerated and eager about the prospect of their upcoming spaceflight, the seven crewmembers assigned to Space Shuttle Mission STS-73 depart the Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Pad 39B. From left are Mission Specialist Catherine G. Coleman; Pilot Kent V. Rominger; Mission Specialist Michael E. Lopez-Alegria; Payload Commander Kathryn C. Thornton; Payload Specialists Albert Sacco Jr. and Fred W. Leslie; and Mission Commander Kenneth D. Bowersox. Awaiting them is the Space Shuttle Columbia, undergoing final preparations for a liftoff scheduled during a two and a half hour launch window opening at 9:41 a.m. EDT, Oct. 7. (Photo Release Date: 10/7/95 )

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