Astronaut mission specialist Catherine Coleman (left) and payload specialist Fred Leslie work inside the Spacelab US Micro-gravity Laboratory 2 during the 16-day STS73/Columbia mission, as a demonstration of a typical shift aboard the Alpha International Space Station. Construction of the Alpha will begin in November 1997. The Columbia's next mission, tentatively scheduled for 29 February 1996, will be the second attempt to deploy the Italian tethered-satellite system. The satellite's tether jammed during the STS46/Atlantis flight in 1992 and the deployment had to be abandoned.

Source: Flight International