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Space shuttle Columbia lifts off from the launchpad, heading upward through the partly cloudy blue sky. A conical spray of fire comes out from the bottom of the spacecraft. It is the brightest thing in the image. Below that, clouds of vapor spread out horizontally across the pad. In the foreground are some green plants.

30 Years Ago: STS-65 Lifts Off

Space shuttle Columbia heads skyward after clearing the fixed service structure tower at Launch Complex Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Plant life appears in the foreground. Launch occurred at 12:43 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 8, 1994. Once in Earth orbit, STS-65's six NASA astronauts and a Japanese payload specialist aboard conducted experiments in support of the second International Microgravity Laboratory.

Image Credit: NASA

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