June 27, 2011
Already suited up, Mission Specialist Richard A. Mastracchio gives thumbs up for launch today. This is Mastracchios first space flight. Space Shuttle Atlantis is set to lift off 8:45 a.m. EDT on the fourth flight to the International Space Station. During the 11-day mission, the seven-member crew will perform support tasks on orbit, transfer supplies and prepare the living quarters in the newly arrived Zvezda Service Module. The first long-duration crew, dubbed Expedition One, is due to arrive at the Station in late fall.
Topics: Richard Mastracchio, Manned spacecraft, Human spaceflight, Disaster Accident, Expedition 1, Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-106, STS-118, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Spaceflight, Space Shuttle program