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‘Vibration and Raw Power’: Remembering STS-42’s Mission for Science, 30 Years On

Ben Evans
AmericaSpace .com

STS-42 Mission Patch

How the catastrophic loss of shuttle Challenger then delays in rescheduling on Columbia then Atlantis moved the First International Microgravity Laboratory to Discovery. What the new inclined orbit allowed. How the crew was assembled and reassembled. How experiments meant for a two-week flight were managed in a non-stop two-team shift… in eight days.

great read.