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STS 83


Launch id 97013
Launch date 4 Apr 1997 at 19:20 UT
Launch site Cape Canaveral LC39A
Type Columbia #22
Crew James D. Halsell, Commander
Susan L. Still, Pilot
Janice E. Voss, Payload Commander
Donald A. Thomas, Mission Specialist
Michael L. Gernhardt, Mission Specialist
Roger Crouch, Payload Specialist
Greg Linteris, Payload Specialist
Landing date 8 Apr 1997 at 18:33 UT
Landing site Cape Canaveral
Payload none

Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL-1), Sarex

One of the orbiter's three fuel cells malfunctioned shortly after launch, and flight rules require that all 3 must be operating. The fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen to make water and electricity. Therefore a Minimum Duration Flight (MDF) was performed.

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