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Columbia (Almost) Takes its 25th Flight!
News story originally written on April 16, 1998

The Columbia mission was scheduled to lift off today. However, because of mechanical failure, the launch was delayed. It will take about eight hours to fix, so they will try to launch again tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned!

The two-week long mission will study the brains and nervous systems of 7 humans and 2,052 animals--including 135 snails, 152 rats, 233 fish, 18 pregnant mice, and 1,524 crickets!

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