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STS 52 was the 13th space shuttle Columbia mission launched from Cape Canaveral. On board were Astronauts James Wetherbee, Michael Baker, William Sheperd, Tamara Jernigan, and Charles Veach. It carried the US Microgravity Payload-2 (USMP-2) which contained several microgravity experimental packages. Among them were the growth of cadmium telluride crystals from vapor phase, growth of protein/enzyme crystals, and a number of high school experiments such as the clotting action of snake venom on blood plasma proteins, germination of Florida's official flower seeds, and microgravity effect on dry mustard seeds that were germinated after return. Also on-board were 6 rats that had been given anti-osteoporotic treatment with an experimental drug. The mission duration was 236 hours 56 minutes 13 seconds.

Alternate Names

  • 22194
  • STS52/USMP1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1992-10-22
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 9106 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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