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Here is a collection of photos that illustrates MIT's relationship with NASA.
In the first photo, ISS Expedition One Commander and MIT graduate William M. Shepherd (center) is flanked by Soyuz Commander Yuri P. Gidzenko (right) and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev (left) in this crew photograph, taken during a break in training in Russia.
The next photo shows the launch of the ISS Expedition One crew commanded by MIT graduate William M. Shepherd on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on October 31, 2000.
The third photo shows "Doc" Draper on the roof of Draper Laboratory in 1968, testing the Apollo celestial sightings.
In the bottom photo, John Grunsfeld performs an EVA to service the Hubble Space Telescope on STS-103 in December 1999.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 6, 2001.