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June 25, 2012 - No Rookies This Time

25 Jun 2012, 04:00 UTC
June 25, 2012 - No Rookies This Time
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The Week in SpaceJune 25 - July 1, 2012 No Rookies This Time History was made fifteen years ago this week when, for the first time in NASA history, the exact same crew and payload were flown on a repeat mission. In April 1997, the STS-83 mission, with three space rookies aboard, ended prematurely (after just three days) due to a failed fuel cell. But NASA kept its primary payload, the first Microgravity Science Laboratory, loaded in Columbia’s cargo bay, refurbished the spacecraft, and managed to relaunch the mission just three months later. Renumbered STS-94, Columbia and its crew of seven (all of whom could claim space veteran status now) spent a full sixteen days in orbit evaluating equipment racks for future use in the International Space Station, and testing materials and combustion properties in zero gravity.Image credit: NASA Weekly CalendarJune 25 - July 1, 2012Holidays - Sky Events - Space History Monday 251894: Hermann Oberth born1992: STS-50 Columbia launched1997: Progress spacecraft collides with Mir Spektr module1999: Gemini North telescope dedicated Tuesday 26Mars 6° north of MoonFirst Quarter Moon 11:30 PM ET 1730: Charles Messier born 1963: Syncom 2 satellite launched1984: First space shuttle launch pad abort (STS-41D) Wednesday 27Venus ...

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