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. In order to attach the new lab to the ISS, 3 spacewalks and use of the shuttle's robotic arm are scheduled.
The American-built Destiny laboratory will be the center of research aboard the station. Experiments and studies will even be done there to aid in cancer and diabetes research.
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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