STS-81 was the fifth Shuttle-Mir docking mission. The crew patch is shaped to represent the Roman numeral V. The Shuttle Atlantis, OV-104, is launching toward a rendezvous with the Russian Space Station Mir which is silhouetted in the background. Atlantis and the STS-81 crew spent several days docked to Mir during which time Astronaut Jerry Linenger replaced Astronaut John Blaha as the U. S. crew member onboard the Russian Space Station. Scientific experiments and logistics were also transferred between Atlantis and Mir. The U. S. and Russian flags are depicted along the names of the shuttle crew members.
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