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April 15, l998 - The STS-90 crew wave to family and friends in front of Launch Pad 39B

The astronauts are under strict health stabilization guidelines to protect them from close contact with persons who do not have health stabilization clearance.

full description at right STS-90 Mission Specialist Kathryn (Kay) Hire waves to friends and family members near Launch Pad 39B
full description at right STS-90 Mission Specialist Dafydd (Dave) Williams, M.D., with the Canadian Space Agency speaks with friends and family members near Launch Pad 39B
full description at right STS-90 Payload Specialist James Pawelczyk, Ph.D., stands behind his two children, Bradley and Katlyn (left to right), as they smile to photographers near Launch Pad 39B.
full description at right The crew include, left to right, Mission Specialist Richard Linnehan, D.V.M., Commander Richard Searfoss, Pilot Scott Altman, Payload Specialists James Pawelczyk, Ph.D., and Jay Buckey, M.D., and Mission Specialists Dafydd (Dave) Williams, M.D., with the Canadian Space Agency, and Kathryn (Kay) Hire. The Space Shuttle Columbia is seen in the background, protected by its Rotating Service Structure.

Earlier Pictures of Neurolab Processing at KSC

    April 13 STS-90 crew arrival at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility
    March 31 Crew participates in TCDT at Launch Pad 39B
    March 30Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities
    March 29The crew arrives to begin TCDT activities
    March 23The 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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