Twenty-first Columbia flight.
Two satellites, the Wake Shield Facility (WSF) and the Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrograph-Shuttle Pallet Satellite II (OREFEUS-SPAS) were both deployed and retrieved on this flight.
The WSF was flown to test the growth of thinn semi-conductor films for advanced electronics.
The ORFEUS-SPAS II will observe the evolution of stars, structure of galaxies and the nature of interstellar mediums.
The astronauts tested a variety of tools and instruments for future station operations.
Landed December 7, 1996 at Kennedy Space Center, FL.
Mission Duration: 423 hours 53 minutes 18 seconds.
Launch Date: November 19, 1996
Launch Vehicle: Columbia
Commander: Kenneth D. Cockrell
Pilot: Kent V. Rominger
Mission Specialists: Tamara E. Jernigan, Thomas D. Jones, F. Story Musgrave