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The first European Space Agency astronaut traveled into space alongside the first Spacelab reusable laboratory 30 years ago Thursday, marking the organization’s inaugural entry into manned spaceflight.
The entrance line snaked back down the road long before the official start of the Open Day at ESA’s technical center on Sunday, marked with an all-star astronaut introduction and big-screen Ariane 5 rocket launch.
Ten past and present ESA astronauts will be at the ILA international aerospace show at Berlinâ€™s Schoenefeld on Friday 11 June.
Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 22, 1992 at 9:52 AM EST and landed at Edwards AFB on January 30 at 9:52 AM EST. The shuttle orbited 129 times at an altitude of 163 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 2.9 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 1 hour, 14 minutes, and 44 seconds. The mission was to study the human nervous system in low gravity, and the effects of low (micro) gravity on other life forms such as shrimp eggs, lentil seedlings,...
Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 28, 1983 at 11:00 AM (EST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on December 8, 1983 at 3:47 AM (PST). The shuttle orbited 167 times at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 4.3 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes, and 24 seconds. This mission was the first time 6 people were carried into space on one shuttle, and it carried the first Spacelab mission and the first European crew member, Ulf Merbold of...
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