June 1, 2011
Backdropped against two space suits, a curious cosmonaut Yury I. Onufrienko, left, tries on a glove while visiting astronaut Michael R. (Rich) Clifford in the airlock aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Clifford was in the airlock to check over his gear for tomorrow's Extravehicular Activity (EVA). Onufrienko is Mir-21 mission commander, and Clifford, a STS-76 mission specialist who will be joined by astronaut Linda M. Godwin for the EVA. The EVA of the two mission specialists marks the first EVA while Russia's Mir Space Station was docked with the Space Shuttle Atlantis. This is the third of a series of docking missions involving Mir and the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Topics: STS-76, Edwards Air Force Base, Manned spacecraft, Linda M. Godwin, STS-86, Expedition 4, Extra-vehicular activity, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Mir, Spaceflight