May 31, 2011
On the space shuttle Discovery's flight deck, two thirds of the crew prepare for one of four hard efforts (in a two-day period) to de-orbit and complete the extended spaceflight. Manning the commander's station and wearing one of the launch and entry suits is astronaut Richard N. Richards, STS-64 mission commander. At the pilot's station is astronaut Susan J. Helms, mission specialist. Astronaut L. Blaine Hammond, pilot, is at left foreground, and astronaut Carl J. Meade, mission specialist, is at left background in the hatch leading to the middeck.
Topics: Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Susan J. Helms, L. Blaine Hammond, STS-47, mission specialist, United States Air Force, Astronaut ranks and positions, Astronaut