The fifth Space Shuttle flight of 1995 thunders aloft from Launch Pad 39A at 11:09:00.052 a.m. EDT, Sept. 7, 1995. On board the Space Shuttle Endeavour, making its ninth trip into space, are a crew of five, an assortment of experiments and two deployable scientific spacecraft: the Wake Shield Facility-2 (WSF-2) and the Spartan-201 free-flyer. The Wake Shield Facility-2 will fly free of the Shuttle for a period of time during the 11-day mission, during which it will generate an ultra-vacuum environment in space in which to grow thin semiconductor films for next-generation advanced electronics. The Spartan-201 free-flyer is a scientific research effort aimed at the investigation of the interaction between the sun and its outflowing wind of charged particles. Commanding the mission is David M. Walker; Kenneth D. Cockrell is the pilot; Michael L. Gernhardt and James H. Newman are mission specialists and James S. Voss is the payload commander. Also scheduled is an extravehicular activity, or spacewalk, by Voss and Gernhardt to rehearse space station activities as well as to evaluate space suit design modifications. (Photo Release Date: 09/07/95 )
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