Launch from Cape Canaveral (KSC
landing on Cape Canaveral (KSC
STS-83 carried out the mission
"Microgravity Science Lab 1 (MSL
was a collection of microgravity experiments housed inside a European Spacelab
Long Module (LM).
featured 19 materials science investigations in 4 major facilities. These
facilities were the Large Isothermal Furnace, the EXpedite the PRocessing of
Experiments to the Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack, the Electromagnetic
Containerless Processing Facility (TEMPUS) and the Coarsening in Solid-Liquid
Mixtures (CSLM) facility, the Droplet Combustion Experiment (DCE) and the
Combustion Module-1 Facility.
The mission was aborted due of a
fuel-cell failure (third Minimum Duration Mission in the Shuttle history).
Originally the mission was scheduled to last 15 - 16 days. The experiments were
only performed on a small level.
The reflight of the scientific
important STS-83 flight was STS-94
which happened about three months after this mission.