Endeavour lifted off on shuttle mission STS-89 in
January 1998, a Coelophysis skull belonging
to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History was on
board. The 220-million-year-old, 8-inch-long specimen
of North America's oldest dinosaur traveled to the
Mir space station and back to Earth with the shuttle's
crew as a symbol of the bond between Earth's history
and humankind's future.
crew of Endeavour delivered more than 3,629 kilograms
(8,000 pounds) of scientific equipment, logistical
hardware and water to the Russian space station.
Astronaut Andy Thomas joined the Mir crew, and David
Wolf returned to Earth aboard the shuttle.