June 9, 2011
Astronauts Jerry Ross and Jim Newman train for one of the three spacewalks they will perform as they begin assembly of the International Space Station aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-88 in July 1998. Ross and Newman are in the Sonny Carter Training Facility, a giant new swimming pool-type facility opened in 1997 at the Johnson Space Center specifically to accommodate training for station assembly. The spacewalks by Ross and Newman will finalize the connection of a module called Node 1 to be launched aboard STS-88 and the Functional Cargo Block, which will have been launched earlier aboard a Russian rocket. In this view, a mockup of the node is on the left. On the right is a mating adapter which will attach to the Functional Cargo Block.
Topics: STS-88, Manned spacecraft, Spaceflight, Jim Newman, James H. Newman, Unity, Assembly of the International Space Station, Jerry L. Ross, Space Shuttle, International Space Station