STS-90 Mission Specialist Dafydd "Dave" Rhys Williams, M.D., with the Canadian Space Agency, and back-up Payload Specialist Chiaki Mukai, M.D., Ph.D., with the National Space Development Agency of Japan, examine items to be used during the Crew Equipment Interface Test (CEIT) in Kennedy Space Center's (KSC's) Operations and Checkout Building, where the Neurolab payload is undergoing processing. The CEIT gives astronauts an opportunity to get a hands-on look at the payloads with which they will be working on-orbit. STS-90 is scheduled to launch aboard the Shuttle Columbia from KSC on April 2. Investigations during the Neurolab mission will focus on the effects of microgravity on the nervous system. Specifically, experiments will study the adaptation of the vestibular system, the central nervous system, and the pathways that control the ability to sense location in the absence of gravity, as well as the effect of microgravity on a developing nervous system. (Photo Release Date: 01/09/98 )

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