Located in the aft area of the Space Shuttle Atlantis' payload bay is the Russian-built Docking Module (DM). During the course of Space Shuttle Mission STS-74, the DM will be attached to a docking port on the Kristall module of the Russian Space Station Mir to become a permanent extension. It will provide adequate clearance between the orbiter and Mir and also eliminate the need to re-configure the station prior to each docking. Stowed on the DM are two solar arrays, one Russian-built and the other a U.S.-Russian effort, that will be taken off the DM and installed on Mir at a later date by space-walking cosmonauts. This photo was taken prior to closure of Atlantis' payload bay doors. Atlantis is scheduled for liftoff from Launch Pad 39A on Nov. 11. (Photo Release Date: 11/02/95 )

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