Lockheed Martin Space Operations was scheduled to launch a Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 rocket as part of the
STS-73 mission. The launch window for the Microgravity Research mission was
on Fri, Oct 20th, 1995, 9:53 AM EDT from Launch Complex 39B, Kennedy Space Center, FL. The status of the launch was Success.
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