Space Shuttle Atlantis rolling out to Launch Pad 39A before the STS-79 mission
STS-79 was the 17th flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis, and the 79th mission of the Space Shuttle program. The flight saw Atlantis dock with the Russian space station Mir to deliver equipment, supplies, and relief personnel. A variety of scientific experiments were also conducted aboard Atlantis by her crew. It was the first shuttle mission to rendezvous with a fully assembled Mir, and the fourth rendezvous of a shuttle to the Mir space station.
This spaceflight was highlighted by the collection of American astronaut Shannon Lucid after 188 days in space, the first American crew member exchange aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, and the fourth Shuttle-Mir docking. Lucid's long-duration spaceflight set a new American record, as well as worldwide spaceflight record for a woman astronaut. | 📸: @nasa | Credits: @spaceiac |
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