DesignationSTS78

Sequence 78th Shuttle flight and 20th flight of Columbia

Milestones Longest Shuttle mission to date and 1st French astronaut to fly on board Columbia

Launch 20 June 1996 at 2:49:00 pm GMT from Pad 39B at Kennedy

Space Center in Florida Payload Life and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS), Space Acceleration

Measurement System (SAMS), Orbital Acceleration Research Experiment (OARE) and Extended Duration Orbiter (EDO) pallet

Max. altitude 280 km

Max. inclination 39 degrees

Landing 7 July 1996 at 12:37:30 pm GMT on Runway 33 at Kennedy

Space Center in Florida

Distance 11,265,000 km

Orbits 271

Duration 16 days, 21 hours, 48 minutes and 30 seconds

Crew Col Terence Thomas Henricks, 43, US Air Force, commander

Kevin Richard Kregel, 39, pilot

Dr Richard Michael Linnehan, 38, mission specialist 1

Lt-Col Susan Jane Helms, 38, US Air Force, mission specialist 2

Cdr Dr Charles Eldon Brady Jr, 44, US Navy, mission specialist 3

Dr Jean-Jacques Favier, 47, payload specialist 1

Dr Robert Brent Thirsk, 43, payload specialist 2

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