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STS-98: Mission Accomplished, Feb. 7-20, 2009 February 12, 2009

Posted by skywalking1 in History, Space.
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Jones, Curbeam, Polansky, Ivins, and Cockrell

The STS-98 crew, pre-launch, at the Beach House. L to R: Jones, Curbeam, Polansky, Ivins, and Cockrell

The most beautiful space shuttle launch ever. Feb. 7, 2001 (NASA)

The most beautiful space shuttle launch ever. Feb. 7, 2001 (NASA)

Congratulations to my colleagues and friends of shuttle mission STS-98, flown eight years ago this week. We delivered the Destiny laboratory to the International Space Station. And we left Earth in style…see photo above. Beamer, Roman, Marsha, Taco — it was a privilege flying with you.

Enjoy the mission photo galleries at my web site: www.AstronautTomJones.com. And read an “inside the spacesuit account” about how this mission unfolded in my book, Sky Walking: An Astronaut’s Memoir (Smithsonian Collins, 2006).

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