June 7, 2011
Dr. Chiaki Mukai, representing Japan's National Space Development Agency (NASDA) as an alternate payload specialist (PS) for the STS-90 mission, prepares to participate in a training session in the Shuttle mockup and integration laboratory. Looking on is her mother, Mrs. Mitsu Naito. Mukai flew as a payload specialist on the STS-65 mission in July 1994 and has been assigned to fly as a payload specialist for the STS-95 mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Topics: Chiaki Mukai, payload specialist, Edwards Air Force Base, STS-47, STS-9, STS-95, Space Shuttle