THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Space Shuttle Columbia STS-78 Launches From Kennedy Space Center In 1996

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June 20, 1996

ABOVE VIDEO: June 20th 1996 NASA Footage of the 78th Space Shuttle Launched at 10:49 A.M E.T. (NASA Footage)

JUNE 20, 1996 – STS-78 Space Shuttle Columbia launched on this day from Kennedy Space Center in 1996 with the Life and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS) as its primary payload.

Research scientists from ten countries worked with five space agencies (NASA, European Space Agency (ESA), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Italian Space Agency (ASI), French Space Agency (CNES)) in a combined effort to develop the LMS.

Mission crew members Henricks, Kregel, Helms, Linnehan, Brady, Favier (CNES), and Thirsk (CSA) used the nearly 17-day flight to undertake more than 40 experiments to study life sciences and microgravity science, including human physiology and space biology, and fluid physics and medical research in protein crystal growth, respectively.

LMS experiments were conducted using the most extensive telescience available to date.

JUNE 20, 1996 – STS-78 Space Shuttle Columbia launched on this day from Kennedy Space Center in 1996 with the Life and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS) as its primary payload.

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