NASA HISTORY: Space Shuttle Columbia STS-50 Launched From Kennedy Space Center June 25, 1992

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STS-50 begins its 13-day mission

ABOVE VIDEO: Space Shuttle Columbia STS-50 Launched June 25, 1992.

JUNE 25, 1992 – STS-50 (Space Shuttle Columbia) launched on this day 26 years ago at 12:12 p.m. from Kennedy Space Center, beginning its 13-day mission.

In the payload bay was the United States Microgravity Lab-I (USML-1), a Spacelab module with a connecting tunnel to the Shuttle Orbiter’s crew compartment.

Mission Highlights

The primary payload was the United States Microgravity Laboratory-I (USML-1), a manned Spacelab module with a connecting tunnel to the orbiter crew compartment.

USML-1 was a national effort to advance microgravity research in a broad number of disciplines.

The 13 day mission, the first Extended Duration Orbiter flight and the longest space shuttle mission to date, also provided new information on the effects of long-term human stay in space. Experiments conducted were: Crystal Growth Furnace (CGF), Drop Physics Module (DPM), Surface Tension Driven Convection Experiment (STDCE), Zeolite Crystal Growth (ZCG), Protein Crystal Growth (PCG), Glovebox Facility (GBX), Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS), Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (GBA), Astroculture-1 (ASC), Extended Duration Orbiter Medical Project (EDOMP), and Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE).

Secondary experiments included Investigation in Polymer Membrane Processing (IPMP), Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment II (SAREX-II), and Ultraviolet Plume Instrument (UVPI).

STS-50 (Space Shuttle Columbia) launched on this day 26 years ago at 12:12 p.m. from Kennedy Space Center, beginning its 13-day mission. (NASA Image)
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