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Columbia Takes its 25th Flight!
News story originally written on April 17, 1998

The shuttle Columbia, called Neurolab, was launched today at 2:19 pm.

The astronauts are going to spend 16 days in space studying the effects of zero gravity on humans and animals. Twenty-six experiments have been planned!

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