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Smoke trail of STS-96 Launch
STS-96 Smoke Trail

Julie Payette
Julie Payette
Canadian Space Superstar

May 27

maple leaf1999 - 6:49a.m. EDT. Discovery STS-96 Launch. First supply mission to ISS.  
Kent V. Rominger (4), Commander
Rick D. Husband (1), Pilot
Ellen Ochoa (3), Mission Specialist
Tamara E. Jernigan (5), Mission Specialist
Daniel T. Barry (2), Mission Specialist
Julie Payette (1), (Canada) Mission Specialist
Valery Ivanovich Tokarev (1), (Russia) Mission Specialist
sts-96 crew
sts-96 mission patch
STS-96 Mission Patch

Student-Tracked Atmospheric Research Satellite for Heuristic International Networking Experiment (STARSHINE) satellite leaves the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Discovery near the completion of the STS-96 mission.
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