Launch from Cape Canaveral (KSC
landing on Edwards AFB
. The launch was delayed one hour due to weather
, was originally assigned to fly as a Mission
Specialist for this mission, but died seven months prior the
This mission was the first flight of the International
-1. This was a pressurized manned Spacelab module,
to explore in depth the complex effects of weightlessness on living organisms
and materials processing. The international crew, divided into Red (David
) and Blue (Ronald
) teams, conducted experiments on the human nervous
system's adaptation to low gravity and the effects of microgravity on other
life forms such as shrimp eggs, lentil seedlings, fruit fly eggs and bacteria.
Low gravity materials processing experiments included crystal growth from a
variety of substances such as enzymes, mercury iodine and a virus. Other
payloads included 10 Get Away Special (GAS) canisters, a number of middeck
payloads and two Shuttle Student Involvement Program (SSIP) experiments.
Middeck payloads included Gelation of SOLS: Applied microgravity research
(GOSAMR), Investigations into Polymer Membrane Processing (IPMP) and the
Radiation Monitoring Experiment (RME-III).
The crew explored the complex
effects of weightlessness on living organism and materials processing.They
performed 55 experiments on the areas of life sciences, low gravity materials
processing and fluid-physics. Stephen
made a movie from the surface of Africa and Europe;
this movie should be used for the movie "Destiny in Space".
all scientific experiments the mission was extended one day.