June 27, 2011
The STS-106 crew wave to onlookers as they exit the Operations and Checkout Building on their way to Launch Pad 39B. In rows (front to back) are Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt (left), Pilot Scott D. Altman (right); Mission Specialists Edward T. Lu (left), Yuri I. Malenchenko (right); Richard A. Mastracchio (left), Boris V. Morukov (right); and Daniel C. Burbank (left). Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is set for 8:45 a.m. EDT on the fourth flight to the International Space Station. On 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: STS-106, Edwards Air Force Base, Spaceflight, Disaster Accident, Richard Mastracchio, Zvezda, Expedition 1, Terrence W. Wilcutt, Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-121, STS-118, Human spaceflight, Space Shuttle program