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

STS-90, the Columbia mission, was scheduled to lift off today. However, due to failure of one of the two signal processors on board Columbia, launch was delayed. It will take about eight hours to replace the processor, so launch is expected to be delayed until 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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