STS-79 Commander William F. Readdy (far right) and Pilot Terrence W. Wilcutt (second from right) lead the way from the Operations and Checkout Building, followed by (from left to right) Mission Specialists Carl E. Walz (far left, to rear), Jay Apt, Thomas D. Akers and John E. Blaha. The crew is headed for Launch Pad 39A, where the Space Shuttle Atlantis awaits liftoff at approximately 4:54 a.m. EDT, Sept. 16. The 79th Shuttle flight will be highlighted by the fourth docking between Atlantis and the Russian Space Station Mir and the first in a series of U.S. crew exchanges aboard the station. Blaha will transfer to Mir for an extended stay and U.S. astronaut Shannon Lucid will return to Earth with the STS-79 crew after a record-setting tour of duty aboard the station. (Photo Release Date: 09/16/96 )
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