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STS057-S-001 (February 1993) --- Designed by the crew members, the STS-57 crew patch depicts the space shuttle Endeavour maneuvering to retrieve the European Space Agency's (ESA) microgravity experiment satellite EURECA. SpaceHab - the first commercial space laboratory - is depicted in the cargo bay, and its characteristic shape is represented by the inner red border of the patch.  The three gold plumes surrounded by the five stars trailing EURECA are suggestive of the United States astronaut logo. The five gold stars together with the shape of the orbiter's mechanical arm form the mission's numerical designation. The six stars on the American flag represent the United States astronauts who comprise the crew. With detailed input from the crew members, the final artwork was accomplished by artist Tim Hall.    The NASA insignia design for space shuttle flights is reserved for use by the astronauts and for other official use as the NASA Administrator may authorize. Public availability has been approved only in the form of illustrations by the various news media. When and if there is any change in this policy, which we do not anticipate, it will be publicly announced. Photo credit: NASA


Occurred 31 years ago

First flight of the SPACEHAB-1 and EURECA Retrieval.



mission duration

9 days, 23 hours, 44 minutes


June 21, 1993


July 1, 1993
Four men and two women in orange spacesuits pose for crew photo in front of American flag.
These six astronauts trained for NASA’s STS-57 mission that launched in June 1993. In front are astronauts Brian Duffy (left) and Ronald J. Grabe, pilot and commander, respectively. In back are (left to right) astronauts Peter J. Wisoff, Nancy J. Sherlock, Janice E. Voss, all mission specialists; and G. David Low, payload commander. (February 1993)

STS-57 Mission Facts

Mission: SPACEHAB-1; EURECA Retrieval
Space Shuttle: Endeavour
Launch Pad: 39B
Launched: June 21, 1993, 9:07 a.m. EDT
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: July 1, 1993, 8:52 a.m. EDT
Landing Weight: 244,400 pounds
Runway: 33
Rollout Distance: 9,954 feet
Rollout Time: 65 seconds
Revolution: 155
Mission Duration: 9 days, 23 hours, 44 minutes, 54 seconds
Orbit Altitude: 252 nautical miles
Orbit Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Miles Traveled: 4.1 million


Ronald J. Grabe, Commander
Brian Duffy, Pilot
G. David Low, Payload Commander
Nancy J. Sherlock, Mission Specialist
Peter J. Wisoff, Mission Specialist
Janice E. Voss, Mission Specialist

Launch Highlights

The launch originally targeted for mid-May was rescheduled to June to allow both liftoff and landing to occur in daylight. Liftoff was reset for June 3 but slipped when managers decided to replace the high pressure oxidizer turbopump on main engine number two, after concerns arose over misplaced inspection stamp (penetration verification stamp) on spring in pump. Additional time also allowed for an investigation of an inexplicable loud noise heard after the shuttle arrived at the launch pad; “big bang” was eventually attributed to a ball strut tie-rod assembly inside 17-inch (43- centimeter) liquid hydrogen line. The launch attempt on June 20 was scrubbed at T-5 minutes due to low clouds and rain at the return-to-launch site at KSC, and weather concerns at all three transoceanic abort landing sites. Launch countdown was the longest since return to flight to allow for servicing of payloads at pad.

Mission Highlights

STS-57 marked the first flight of the commercially-developed SPACEHAB, a pressurized laboratory designed to more than double pressurized workspace for crew-tended experiments. Altogether 22 experiments were flown, covering materials and life sciences, and wastewater recycling experiment for space station.

On June 24 at 12:36 p.m. EDT, the crew captured and stowed the approximately 9,424-pound (4,275-kilogram) European Retrievable Carrier (EURECA) deployed on Mission STS-46. However, EURECA ground controllers were unable to stow the spacecraft’s two antennas, and on June 25, Low and Wisoff spent the beginning of the scheduled extravehicular activity (EVA) manually folding the antennas. The remainder of the 5-hour, 50-minute EVA was spent on planned tasks; this was the second in a series of generic EVAs this year.

On June 22, all six crew members talked with President Clinton.

Other cargo bay payloads: Get Away Special (GAS) bridge assembly holding one ballast can and 11 GAS can payloads, including Complex Autonomous Payload called Consortium for Materials Development in Space-IV (CONCAP-IV) and CAN DO experiment designed by Charleston, South Carolina school district; also Super Fluid Helium On Orbit Transfer (SHOOT) experiment to investigate resupply of liquid helium containers in space.

Middeck payloads: Fluid Acquisition and Resupply Experiment (FARE); Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment-II (SAREX-II). No hardware required for Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) calibration test.

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