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20 years ago: NASA’s Space Shuttle breaks a world record for the longest time in Space

Lausanne, Switzerland - 17 days, 15 hours, 53 minutes and 17 seconds

Twenty years ago on 7 December 1996 the US Space Shuttle Columbia spent a record 17 days in space, the longest ever Shuttle mission. Twenty years ago today astronauts on board the Space Shuttle Columbia woke to a familiar song. It’s traditional on NASA’s manned space missions to wake the crew with a different track every day, and this time someone down in Florida was clearly showing they had a s...

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