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STS 77



STS 77 was a Shuttle Endeavour mission launched from Cape Canaveral. The main mission was to release an inflatable antenna, IAE. The release occurred from a platform called Spartan 207 which in turn was released from the shuttle a few hours later. The third object released was an experimental 35 kg minispacecraft, PAMS-STU. STS 77 carried the usual complement of crystal, metal, and biomedical experimental gear along with 32,000 sea urchin eggs and a supply of sperm to squirt on them, all in the Spacelab module. A new fizzy Coca-Cola delivering experimental device failed to perform satisfactorily.

Alternate Names

  • 23870
  • STS77

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1996-05-19
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 12233 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)


  • Life Science
  • Human Crew

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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