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STS 51F/Spacelab 2

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1985-063A

Description

Spacelab 2, a NASA developed payload, had a configuration that included an igloo attached to a lead pallet, with the Instrument Pointing Subsystem (IPS) mounted on it, a two pallet train, and an experiment special support structure. The flight objective was to demonstrate Spacelab's capabilities through a multidisciplinary research program and to verify system performance. Investigations in the field of astrophysics and solar astronomy included a sky survey for extended infrared sources, x-ray imaging of cluster galaxies, cosmic ray measurements, studies of small-scale structures on the sun's surface, and a measurement of the coronal helium abundance. In addition, there were measurements of: the solar ultraviolet flux; the plasma environment and plasma processes near the Orbiter; and zero-gravity effects on technology processes and on the behavior of liquid helium. Life sciences problems investigated included bone demineralization in humans and lignin formation in plants.

Alternate Names

  • Spacelab 2
  • STS 19
  • 15925

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1985-07-29
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 14500.0 kg

Funding Agencies

  • NASA-Office of Space Science Applications (United States)
  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)

Disciplines

  • Astronomy
  • Human Crew
  • Life Science
  • Microgravity
  • Planetary Science
  • Solar Physics
  • Space Physics

Additional Information

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Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Edward J. WeilerProgram ScientistNASA Headquartersedward.j.weiler@nasa.gov
Dr. Eugene W. UrbanMission ScientistNASA Marshall Space Flight Center 
Mr. Roy C. LesterMission ManagerNASA Marshall Space Flight Center 
Mr. Louis J. DemasProgram ManagerNASA Headquarters 
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