On Sept. 7, 1995, the space shuttle Endeavour launched on mission STS-69. This was the 100th successful crew spaceflight mission for NASA.
Endeavour lifted off from NASA’s historic launch site at Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A. During the 11-day mission, five crewmembers did science experiments, deployed and retrieved a satellite called Spartan 201, and conducted a nearly seven-hour-long spacewalk to practice methods future astronauts would use to build the International Space Station.
The astronauts also deployed the Wake Shield Facility, a saucer-shaped satellite that flew free of the Shuttle for several days. This was the first time two different payloads were retrieved and deployed during the same mission.
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