'Return to Flight' mission astronauts, Kennedy Space Centre, USA, 2005.
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Crew members from the Return to Flight mission STS-114 examine a new piece of International Space Station hardware. The Control Moment Gyroscope (CMG), in the foreground is used to help keep the station in its proper position in orbit. In July 2005 the crew took this one up on the Shuttle Discovery and replaced a CMG that failed in 2002. From left: Mission Specialists Soichi Noguchi (with the Japanese Space Agency), Stephen Robinson and Andrew Thomas. Noguchi and Robinson replaced the CMG during one of the mission's three spacewalks. The crew was at KSC for the Crew Equipment Interface Test (CEIT), which gives them a hands-on look at the payloads they would work with in orbit.