The STS-91 flight crew visits Launch Pad 39A from which they are scheduled to be launched aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on June 2 around 6:10 p.m. EDT. From left to right, they are Mission Specialists Franklin Chang-Diaz, Ph.D.; Janet Kavandi, Ph.D.; Valery Ryumin, with the Russian Space Agency; Mission Commander Charles Precourt; Pilot Dominic Gorie; and Mission Specialist Wendy B. Lawrence. STS-91 will feature the ninth Shuttle docking with the Russian Space Station Mir, the first Mir docking for Discovery, the conclusion of Phase I of the joint U.S.-Russian International Space Station Program, and the first flight of the new Space Shuttle super lightweight external tank. Andrew Thomas, Ph.D., will be returning to Earth with the crew after living more than four months aboard Mir. (Photo Release Date: 06/01/98 )
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