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Countdown to Launch

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April 17, l998 - Launch day activities

After a weather briefing, the flight crew will be fitted with their launch and entry suits and depart for Launch Pad 39B. Once there, they will take their positions in the crew cabin of the Space Shuttle Columbia to await liftoff during a two-and-a-half-hour window that will open at 2:19 p.m. EDT, Apr. 17.


They are, from left, Payload Specialist Jay Buckey, M.D., Mission Specialist Dafydd (Dave) Williams, M.D., with the Canadian Space Agency, Pilot Scott Altman, Commander Richard Searfoss, Mission Specialist Kathryn (Kay) Hire, Mission Specialist Richard Linnehan, D.V.M., and Payload Specialist James Pawelczyk, Ph.D.
full description at right The STS-90 flight crew enjoy the traditional pre-liftoff breakfast in the crew quarters of the Operations and Checkout Building.


Individual Pictures

The STS-90 crew will shortly depart for Launch Pad 39B, where the Space Shuttle Columbia awaits a second liftoff attempt at 2:19 p.m. EDT.
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Mission Specialist Dafydd (Dave) Williams, M.D., with the Canadian Space Agency sits in a chair during suitup activities in the Operations and Checkout Building. This is his first trip into space.

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Payload Specialist James Pawelczyk, Ph.D., stands ready for launch during suitup activities in the Operations and Checkout Building. This is his first trip into space.

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Mission Specialist Kathryn (Kay) Hire prepares for launch during suitup activities in the Operations and Checkout Building as Astronaut Support Personnel team member Heidi Piper braids Hire's hair. This is her first trip into space.

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Mission Commander Richard Searfoss sits in a chair during suitup activities in the Operations and Checkout Building. This is his third trip into space.

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Mission Specialist Richard Linnehan, D.V.M., sits in a chair during suitup activities in the Operations and Checkout Building. This is his second trip into space.

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Pilot Scott Altman is assisted during suit-up activities by Lockheed Suit Technician Valerie McNeil from Johnson Space Center in KSC's Operations and Checkout Building. This is his first trip into space.

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Payload Specialist Jay Buckey, M.D., prepares for launch during suit-up activities in KSC's Operations and Checkout Building. This is his first trip into space.


Greeted by cheers from wellwishers at KSC and eager for their venture into space on the Neurolab mission, the STS-90 astronauts depart the Operations and Checkout Building on their way to Launch Pad 39B.
crew leaving the O&C building for the launch pad crew loading into bus
Their trip to the pad will take about 25 minutes aboard the Astrovan. Once there, they will take their positions in the crew cabin of the Space Shuttle Columbia to await a liftoff during a two-and-a-half hour window that will open at 2:19 p.m. EDT.


Earlier Pictures of Neurolab Processing at KSC

    April 16-Network Signal Processor No. 2 after removal from the Space Shuttle Columbia
    April 15 p.m.-Rollback of the RSS
    April 15-The STS-90 crew wave to family and friends in front of Launch Pad 39B
    April 13-STS-90 crew arrival at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility
    March 31-Crew participates in TCDT at Launch Pad 39B
    March 30-Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities
    March 29-The crew arrives to begin TCDT activities
    March 23-The Space Shuttle Columbia rolls out to Launch Pad 39B!
    March 16-Shuttle transferred from OPF to the VAB
    March 9-Payload bay door closure
    February 26-The STS-90 crew participate in CEIT
    February 12-Neurolab in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
    February, first week-Neurolab moved into its payload canister in O&C Building
    January 1998-Crew participates in CEIT
    December 1997-Further processing, preparation for launch
    November 1997-Neurolab installed in Spacelab module in the O&C

     

 
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