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Clouds of exhaust fill Launch Pad 39B as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off at 2:19 p.m. EST October 29 on mission STS-95.
Making his second voyage into space after 36 years is Payload Specialist John H. Glenn Jr., senator from Ohio.
members are Mission Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr., Pilot Steven W. Lindsey, Payload Specialist Chiaki Mukai, (M.D.,
Ph.D.), with the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), Mission Specialist Stephen K. Robinson,
Mission Specialist Pedro Duque of Spain, representing the European Space Agency (ESA), and Mission Specialist Scott E.
The STS-95 mission includes research payloads such as the Spartan solar-observing deployable spacecraft, the
Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform, the International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker, as well as the
SPACEHAB single module with experiments on space flight and the aging process. Discovery is expected to return to KSC at 11:49 a.m. EST on November 7.
Date: October 29, 1998
Photo credit: NASA