A picture of Columbia on its maiden voyage on April 12, 1981.
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Columbia Takes its 25th Flight!
News story originally written on April 17, 1998
The shuttle Columbia mission, called Neurolab
, was launched successfully today at 2:19 pm (EDT).
The seven astronauts aboard are going to spend 16 days in space studying the effects of microgravity on humans and animals. Twenty-six different experiments are planned to research the nervous system and behavior in space. The scientists hope to expand our knowledge of the mechanisms responsible for neurological and behavioral changes in space.
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