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Published on Aug 24, 2012
NASA Anniversary: Launch of STS-85, August 7, 1997. Fifteen years ago on August 7, 1997, Space Shuttle Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on STS-85. Her crew, Commander Curtis Brown, Pilot Kent Rominger, Mission Specialists Jan Davis, Bob Curbeam and Steve Robinson, and Payload Specialist Bjarni Tryggvason (Bee-YARN'-knee TRIG'-vuh-son) of the Canadian Space Agency, worked with a complement of payloads focused on "Mission to Planet Earth" objectives as well as the then-upcoming assembly of the International Space Station. Among them, the Japanese Manipulator Flight Development, MFD, to evaluate the robotic Small Fine Arm that later became part of the Japanese Kibo Laboratory on the ISS. Discovery and crew returned to Earth 11 days later-- landing safely at KSC on August 19.