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Mission STS-077

Marc Garneau

Mission description

Patch STS-77

Patch STS-77
(Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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Date: May 19, 1996

Time: 06:30:00 a.m. EST

Site: Kennedy Space Center (KSC)


Date: May 29, 1996

Time: 7:09:18 a.m. EST

Site: Kennedy Space Center (KSC)

Mission duration: 10 days 0 h 40 min 10 s

Flight number: STS-77

Orbiter vehicle: Endeavour

Commercial Float Zone Furnace (CFZF), Aquatic Research Facility (ARF), Nanocrystal Get Away Special (NANO-GAS)
Atlantic Canada Thin Organic Semiconductors (ACTORS), Spacehab-4, Spartan 207/Inflatable Antenna Experiment (IAE), Technology Experiments Advancing Missions in Space (TEAMS), Brilliant Eyes Ten-Kelvin Sorption Crycooler Experiment (BETSCE), Gas Bridge Assembly (GBA), Get-Away Special Canisters (GAS), Reduced-Fill Tank Pressure Control Experiment (RFTPCE).

Canadian talent and expertise figured prominently on Shuttle Mission STS-77. Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Marc Garneau celebrated his second flight into space. As well, Canadian scientific experiments onboard Space Shuttle Endeavour were part of the flight: the Commercial Float Zone Furnace (CFZF), the Aquatic Research Facility (ARF), the Nanocrystal Get Away Special nano crystal "get-away special" (NANO-GAS) and the Atlantic Canada thin organic semiconductor (ACTORS). On orbit, Marc Garneau was responsible for the CFZF.

The Canadarm deployed and retrieved Spartan: a scientific satellite that offered a simple, reusable and relatively low-cost method of collecting valuable scientific data on a wide range of scientific problems. Dr. Garneau maneuvered the Canadarm for the retrieval operations.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who flew on Mission STS-74 only six months prior, was Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for STS-77, providing the only direct voice-link between Mission Control and the astronauts in the Space Shuttle.

Mission STS-77 crew

Mission STS-77 crew

From left to right.
Daniel W. Bursch, Curtis L. Brown, Mario Runco, Marc Garneau, John H. Casper and Andrew S.W. Thomas. (Credit: NASA)

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