NASA HISTORY: STS-83 Columbia Space Shuttle Launches From Kennedy Space Center April 4, 1997

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The planned 16-day mission only lasted three days.

ABOVE VIDEO: On April 4, 1997, STS-83 Columbia Space Shuttle launched with Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 at 2:20 pm ET from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On April 4, 1997, STS-83 Columbia Space Shuttle launched with Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 at 2:20 pm ET from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

On-board the Space Shuttle mission included Commander James D. Halsell, Pilot Susan L. Still, Mission Specialist Janice E. Voss, Mission Specialist Michael L. Gernhardt, Mission Specialist Donald A. Thomas, Payload Specialist Roger Crouch and Payload Specialist Greg Linteris

However, the mission had to be cut short due to concerns about one of the 3 fuel cells.

The planned 16-day mission only lasted three days.

According to NASA, this was just the 3rd time that a Space Shuttle mission had to be ended early due to mechanical problems.

The other two were STS-2 (1981) and STS-44 (1991).

NASA decided to fly the mission again as STS-94, which launched 1 July 1997.

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