June 1, 2011
Two NASA astronauts, who will go into space in 1996 to spend time aboard Russia's Mir Space Station, relax during a break from water survival training in Russia. Left to right are Dr. Gaylen Johnson, NASA flight surgeon; John E. Blaha and Shannon W. Lucid. Blaha will go into space on the scheduled August mission of STS-79 and after four months aboard Mir will return to Earth with the STS-81 crew. Lucid is to accompany the STS-76 crew in March and spend a little over four months aboard Mir before returning to Earth with the STS-79 crew.
Topics: Mir, Test pilots, Spaceflight, STS-76, Shuttle–Mir Program, Shannon Lucid, STS-79, STS-81, John E. Blaha, Terrence W. Wilcutt, Manned spacecraft, Astronaut