A photo of the flight crew taken earlier this month. The crew is standing in front of the Shuttle Discovery (with its new lightweight external tank). From left to right, they are Pilot Dominic Gorie; Mission Specialists Franklin Chang-Diaz, Ph.D.; Wendy B. Lawrence and Janet Kavandi, Ph.D.; Mission Commander Charles Precourt; and Mission Specialist Valery Ryumin, with the Russian Space Agency.
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A New ET! Updated!
News story originally written on June 3, 1998
The shuttle Discovery lifted off yesterday at 6:06 p.m. EDT. This launch featured a new ET. Not a new extra-terrestrial, but a new external tank!
This new ET looks like the old external tanks, but it weighs 7,500 pounds less. This loss of weight means that the shuttle can carry that much more cargo. This will be especially important when the shuttle begins transport of the new International Space Station.
During its ten-day mission, Discovery will dock with space station Mir. Here, Andy Thomas will come onboard the shuttle for his ride home to Earth. Thomas has been a NASA resident on Mir since January. He is the last American to stay aboard the Russian space station.
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