STS-84 crew members pose for a photograph during the traditional prelaunch meal together -- in this case, lunch -- in the Operations and Checkout Building. From left, are Mission Specialist Jean-Francois Clervoy of the European Space Agency, Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale, Mission Specialist Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency, Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, Mission Specialist Carlos I. Noriega and Mission Specialist Edward Tsang Lu. After a weather briefing, they will don their orange launch and entry suits and proceed to Launch Pad 39A for liftoff of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. STS-84 will be the sixth docking of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. The planned nine-day mission also will include the exchange of Foale for U.S. astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on Mir since Jan. 15. Linenger transferred to Mir during the last docking mission, STS-81. He will return to Earth on Atlantis. Foale is scheduled to remain on Mir for about four months until he is replaced by STS-86 Mission Specialist Wendy B. Lawrence. (Photo Release Date: 05/14/97 )
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