Crew & Mission

(S92-44304 - 01 September 1992) --- STS-47 Endeavour, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 105, crewmembers and backup payload specialists, wearing clean suits, pose for a group portrait in the Spacelab Japan (SLJ) module. The team is at the Kennedy Space Center's (KSC's) Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) to inspect SLJ configuration and OV-105 preparations. Kneeling, from left, are backup Payload Specialist Chiaki Naito-Mukai; Mission Specialist (MS) N. Jan Davis; and backup Payload Specialist Takao Doi. Standing, from the left, are Pilot Curtis L. Brown,Jr; MS and Payload Commander Mark C. Lee; MS Jerome Apt; Payload Specialist Mamoru Mohri; Commander Robert L. Gibson; MS Mae C. Jemison; and backup Payload Specialist Stanely L. Koszelak. Mohri, Mukai, and Doi represent the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA).

The Artwork

(STS047-S-001 -) --- Designed by its crewmembers, the STS-47 mission emblem depicts the Space Shuttle orbiter with the Spacelab module in the cargo bay against a backdrop of the flags of the United States and Japan. The flags symbolize the side-by-side cooperation of the two nations in this mission. The land masses of Japan and Alaska are represented on the emblem, emphasizing the multi-national aspect of the flight as well as the high inclination orbit of 57 degrees. The initials "SLJ" on the left border of the emblem stand for Spacelab Japan; the name generally used for the mission is SpacelabJ. The Japanese characters on the right border form the word Fuwaffo which means "weightlessness."