This Day In Astro History

STS-51B Mission Patch
STS-51B Mission Patch

April 29

1998 - The first successful surgeries in space using six 3-week-old rats as subjects aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-90.

1990 - After launching the Hubble Space Telescope, Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-31, lands at Kennedy Space Center.

1985 - Launch of Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51B, for a week long mission for Spacelab 3. Crew: Commander, Robert F. Overmyer; Pilot, Frederick D. Gregory; Mission Specialists, Don L. Lind, Norman E. Thagard, William E. Thornton; Payload Specialists: Lodewijk van den Berg, Taylor G. Wang.
Discovery Landing
STS-31 Discovery Lands at KSC
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