This was the twenty-fourth flight of Columbia. STS 87 flew the United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-4), the Spartan-201, the Orbital Acceleration Research Experiment (OARE), the EVA Demonstration Flight Test 5 (EDFT-05), the Shuttle Ozone Limb Sending Experiment (SOLSE), the Loop Heat Pipe (LHP), the Sodium Sulfur Battery Experiment (MaSBE), the Turbulent GAS Jet Diffusion (G-744) experiment and the Autonomous EVA Robotic Camera/Sprint (AERCam/Sprint) experiment. Two middeck experiments were the MIddeck Glovebox Payload (MGBX) and the Collaborative Ukrainian Experiment (CUE). Landed at Kennedy Space Center, FL. December 5, 1997. Mission Duration: 15 days 16 hours 35 mionutes 1 second.
Launch Date: November 19, 1997 at 2:46 PM EST Launch Vehicle: Columbia Crew: Commander: Kevin R. Kregel, Pilot: Steven W. Lindsey, Mission Specialists: Winston E. Scott, Kalpana Chawla, Takao Doi, Payload Specialists: Leonid K. Kadenyuk