The longest Shuttle flight to date comes to a successful close as the orbiter Columbia touches down on Runway 33 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at 8:36 a.m. EDT, July 7. During the nearly 17-day flight, the seven crew members on board for the 78th Shuttle mission conducted extensive research in the primary payload, the Life and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS). The STS-78 mission commander is Terence "Tom" Henricks and Kevin R. Kregel is the pilot. Susan J. Helms is the payload commander, and two mission specialists are on board: Richard M. Linnehan and Charles E. Brady Jr. Also assigned to the flight are two payload specialists, Jean-Jacques Favier, representing the French Space Agency (CNES) and Robert Brent Thirsk, of the Canadian Space Agency. (Photo Release Date: 07/07/96 )

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