Shortly after their arrival at the Shuttle Landing Facility, the STS-88 crew talk to the media. From left, they are Mission Specialist James H. Newman, Mission Specialist Jerry L. Ross, Mission Commander Robert D. Cabana (at microphone), Mission Specialist Nancy J. Currie, Mission Specialist Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev, and Pilot Frederick W. "Rick" Sturckow. Krikalev is a Russian cosmonaut who has flown three times in space, once on the Space Shuttle and twice aboard the Russian Space Station Mir. The STS-88 mission is the fourth space flight for Cabana, sixth for Ross, third for Currie, third for Newman and first for Sturckow. The scheduled time of launch is 3:56 a.m. EST on Dec. 3 from Launch Pad 39A. The mission is the first U.S. launch for the International Space Station. Endeavour carries the Unity connecting module which the crew will be mating with the Russian-built Zarya control module already in orbit. In addition to Unity, two small replacement electronics boxes are on board for possible repairs to Zarya batteries. Endeavour is expected to land at KSC at 10:17 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14. (Photo Release Date: 11/29/98 )
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