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Mission Specialistshave the overall responsibilityfor the

coordination,with the Commanderand Pilot, of Space Shuttle operations

in the areas of crew activityplanning,consumablesusage, and Shuttle

TransportationSystempayload interaction.

Spacelab,developed and financedby l0 Europeannations under

agreementsconcludedwith the EuropeanSpace Agency, will be carried

in the cargo bay of the Shuttle Orbiter.

The

lab ill

supply investigator with

a

fully furnished

laboratoryadapted for the weightlessenvironmentof space and pres-

surized for working without spacesuits.

In addition to the Commander,Pilot and two Mission Specialists,

Spacelab1 will include two Payload Specialists,one Europeanand

on

U.S. citizen who

have primary responsibilityfor operating the

science instruments.

With six crewmen onboard it will be possible to have two

operationalshifts of three crewmen each, consistingof a Mission

Specialist,CommanderPilot, and Payload Specialist. ###

NASA-JSC

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