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News Archive / Tagged: Spacelab

  • China launches Tiangong-2 space laboratory into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 15th, 2016

    On Sept. 15, China successfully launched a Long March 2F rocket carrying the country’s second space lab – Tiangong-2 (meaning "Heavenly Palace" in Chinese). Liftoff took place at 10:04 p.m. local time (14:04 GMT; 10:04 a.m. EDT) from Launch Area 4 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located in China’s Gansu Province.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Go long – the flight of STS-78

    Collin SkocikJune 20th, 2016

    On June 20, 1996, at 10:49 a.m. EDT (14:49 GMT), Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off from Pad B at Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. It was the start of a 17-day mission of scientific experimentation in the Spacelab module that was stowed in Columbia's Payload Bay. STS-78 would enter into history as the second-longest shuttle mission behind STS-80.

  • Former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies from complications following surgery

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 17th, 2014

    Spaceflight Insider has received a report from former shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane, USAF Colonel (ret.) that fellow former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield has passed away from complications following a recent back surgery. Hartsfield served as Mullane’s mission Commander on STS-41D. Hartsfield was known as a quiet, highly-skilled pilot who helped prepare fellow astronauts for their […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: international cooperation with SpaceLab

    Heather SmithApril 26th, 2014

    On this day in 1993, the crew of STS-55 launched aboard space shuttle Columbia with the German payload SpaceLab demonstating the team’s abiliy for international cooperation and scientific research.