June 2, 2011
Astronaut Carl E. Walz totes a bag carrying a space suit used by the cosmonauts. At the completion of the STS-79 mission, the suit was brought back to Earth for analysis. This photograph is one of fifteen 35mm frames (along with four 70mm frames) of still photography documenting the activities of NASA's STS-79 mission, which began with a September 16, 1996, liftoff from Launch Pad 39A the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and ended with a landing at KSC on September 26, 1996. Onboard for the launch were astronauts William F. Readdy, commander; Terrence W. Wilcutt, pilot; John E. Blaha, Jerome (Jay) Apt, Thomas D. Akers and Walz, all mission specialists. On flight day 4, the crew docked with Russia's Mir Space Station. Shannon W. Lucid, who had spent six months aboard Mir, switched cosmonaut guest researcher roles with Blaha. The latter joined fellow Mir-22 crew members Valery G. Korzun, commander, and Aleksandr Y. Kaleri, flight engineer.
Topics: Mir, Test pilots, Spaceflight, Soyuz TM-24, Carl E. Walz, Thomas Akers, STS-79, John E. Blaha, Terrence W. Wilcutt, Valery Korzun, Manned spacecraft