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On This Day In Space: Sept. 7, 1995: STS-69 Endeavour launches on NASA’s 100th crewed mission

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.

Liftoff of STS-69 and Space Shuttle Endeavour, Sept. 7, 1995. (Image credit: NASA)

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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