The STS-81 flight crew is welcomed to KSC by NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin (far right) and Johnson Space Center Director George Abbey (second from right) as they arrive at the space center for the final countdown preparations for the fifth Shuttle-Mir docking mission. They are (from left): Mission Commander Michael A. Baker; Pilot Brent W. Jett, Jr.; and Mission Specialists Peter J. K. "Jeff" Wisoff; John M. Grunsfeld, Marsha S. Ivins, and J.M. "Jerry" Linenger. The 10-day mission will feature the transfer of Linenger to Mir to replace astronaut John Blaha, who has been on the orbital laboratory since Sept. 19, 1996 after arrival there during the STS-79 mission. During STS-81, Shuttle and Mir crews will conduct risk mitigation, human life science, microgravity and materials processing experiments that will provide data for the design, development and operation of the International Space Station. The primary payload is the SPACEHAB-DM double module will provide space for more than 2,000 pounds of hardware, food and water that will be transferred into the Russian space station during five days of docking operations. The SPACEHAB will also be used to return experiment samples from the Mir to Earth for analysis and for microgravity experiments during the mission. (Photo Release Date: 01/08/97 )

KSC-97EC-0123 - Raw ASCII Text Caption file
KSC-97EC-0123 - Low (GIF Format, 320x240 pixels x 256 colors, approx 50 Kbytes)
KSC-97EC-0123 - Medium (JPEG format, 1024x768 pixels x 256 colors, approx 250 Kbytes)
KSC-97EC-0123 - High (JPEG, 2040x2640 pixels x 16 million colors, approx 400 Kbytes)

STS-81 KSC Photo IndexNext Image KSC-97EC-0133


DISCLAIMER: No copyright protection is asserted for these photographs.

If a recognizable person appears in this photograph, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity. It may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA of a commercial product. These photographs are available for preview and download in electronic digital form ONLY. They may not be ordered from NASA in photograph form. (See NASA Copyright Notice)