The NASA astronauts pictured above launched aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 2006 as the STS-116 crew. Front row (from the left), astronauts William A. Oefelein, pilot; Joan E. Higginbotham, mission specialist; and Mark L. Polansky, commander. On the back row (from the left) are astronauts Robert L. Curbeam, Nicholas J.M. Patrick, Sunita L. Williams and the European Space Agency's Christer Fuglesang.
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Original image data dated on or about December 9, 2006