This picture shows the solid rocket boosters seperating from Shuttle Atlantis after the launch. Atlantis is now on its way to the ISS.
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Adding on To The International Space Station (Updated!)
News story originally written on February 8, 2001
The Shuttle Atlantis had a perfect launch on February 7, 2001. It lifted off just after 6 p.m. EST, carrying 5 astronauts and the Destiny laboratory to the International Space Station (ISS). The astronauts
scheduled for this mission are Commander Kenneth Cockrell
, Pilot Mark Polansky, Mission specialists Robert Curbeam, Marsha Ivins
and Thomas Jones.
These astronauts will work with the 3 men aboard the ISS
to connect the Destiny lab to the ISS. It will take 3 spacewalks and use of the shuttle's robotic arm to attach the new lab to the ISS.
The American-built Destiny laboratory will be the research center of the ISS. Experiments will even be done there to aid in finding a cure for cancer and diabetes.
Bill Sheperd, Yuri Gidzenko, and Sergei Krikalev are now in their 4th month aboard the ISS.
This STS-98 mission is scheduled to last just over 10 days.
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