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Columbia launches on STS-75
Mission type Microgravity research
Technology development
Operator NASA
COSPAR ID 1996-012A
SATCAT № 23801
Mission duration 15 days, 17 hours, 40 minutes, 22 seconds
Distance travelled 10,500,000 kilometres (6,500,000 mi)
Orbits completed 252
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Space Shuttle Columbia
Payload mass 10,592 kilograms (23,351 lb)
Crew size 7
Members Andrew M. Allen
Scott J. Horowitz
Jeffrey A. Hoffman
Maurizio Cheli
Claude Nicollier
Franklin R. Chang-Diaz
Umberto Guidoni
Start of mission
Launch date 22 February 1996, 20:18:00 (1996-02-22T20:18Z) UTC
Launch site Kennedy LC-39B
End of mission
Landing date Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter. UTC
Landing site Kennedy SLF Runway 33
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 277 kilometres (172 mi)
Apogee 320 kilometres (200 mi)
Inclination 28.45 degrees
Period 90.5 minutes

Left to right - Seated: Horowitz, Allen, Chang-Diaz; Standing, Cheli, Guidoni, Hoffman, Nicollier

Space Shuttle program
← STS-72 STS-76

STS-75 was a United States Space Shuttle mission, the 19th mission of the Columbia orbiter.


  • Crew 1
  • Mission objective 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Position Astronaut
Commander Andrew M. Allen
Third spaceflight
Pilot Scott J. Horowitz
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 Jeffrey A. Hoffman
Fifth spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 Maurizio Cheli, ESA
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 3 Claude Nicollier, ESA
Third spaceflight
Mission Specialist 4 Franklin R. Chang-Diaz
Fifth spaceflight
Payload Commander
Payload Specialist Umberto Guidoni, ASI
First spaceflight

Mission objective

The primary objective of STS-75 was to carry the Tethered Satellite System Reflight (TSS-1R) into orbit and to deploy it spaceward on a conducting tether. The mission also flew the United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-3) designed to investigate materials science and condensed matter physics.

Tethered Satellite System deployment

The TSS-1R mission was a reflight of TSS-1 which was flown onboard Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-46 in July/August 1992. The Tether Satellite System circled the Earth at an altitude of 296 kilometers, placing the tether system within the rarefied electrically charged layer of the atmosphere known as the ionosphere.

STS-75 mission scientists hoped to deploy the tether to a distance of 20.7 kilometers (12.9 mi). Over 19 kilometers of the tether were deployed before the tether broke. It remained in orbit for a number of weeks and was easily visible from the ground, appearing something like a small but surprisingly bright fluorescent light traveling through the sky.

TSS-1R tether composition [NASA].

The specific TSS1-R mission objectives were: characterize the current-voltage response of the TSS-orbiter system, characterize the satellite's high-voltage sheath structure and current collection process, demonstrate electric power generation, verify tether control laws and basic tether dynamics, demonstrate the effect of neutral gas on the plasma sheath and current collection, characterize the TSS radio frequency and plasma wave emissions and characterize the TSS dynamic-electrodynamic coupling.

TSS-1R Science Investigations included: TSS Deployer Core Equipment and Satellite Core Equipment (DCORE/SCORE), Research on Orbital Plasma Electrodynamics (ROPE), Research on Electrodynamic Tether Effects (RETE), Magnetic Field Experiment for TSS Missions (TEMAG), Shuttle Electrodynamic Tether System (SETS), Shuttle Potential and Return Electron Experiment (SPREE), Tether Optical Phenomena Experiment (TOP), Investigation of Electromagnetic Emissions by the Electrodynamic Tether (EMET), Observations at the Earth's Surface of Electromagnetic Emissions by TSS (OESSE), Investigation and Measurement of Dynamic Noise in the TSS (IMDN), Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of TSS Dynamics (TEID) and the Theory and Modeling in Support of Tethered Satellite Applications (TMST).

The USMP-3 payload consisted of four major experiments mounted on two Mission Peculiar Experiment Support Structures (MPESS) and three Shuttle Mid-deck experiments. The experiments were: Advanced Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (AADSF), Material pour l'Etude des Phenomenes Interessant la Solidification sur Terre et en Orbite (MEPHISTO), Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS), Orbital Acceleration Research Experiment (OARE), Critical Fluid Light Scattering Experiment (ZENO) and Isothermal Dendritic Growth Experiment (IDGE).

STS-75 also was the first use of an operating system based on Linux kernel on orbit. An older Digital Unix program, originally on DEC Alpha servers, was ported to run on Linux on a laptop. The next use of Linux was a year later, on STS-83.[1]

STS-75 was the shuttle mission described in the fictional NASA Document 12-571-3570, although this document was disseminated several years before STS-75 was launched. The document purports to report on experiments to determine effective sexual positions in microgravity. Astronomer and scientific writer Pierre Kohler mistook this document for fact and is responsible for a major increase in its redistribution in the early 21st century.


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ "LINUX TO FLY ON STS-83". SpaceNews. March 17, 1997. 

External links

  • NASA mission summary
  • STS-75 Video Highlights
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