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04/04/1997 Space shuttle Columbia is launched

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STS-83 Mission Highlights Resources Tape

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STS-83 launch (4-4-97)

This mission was originally intended to be on orbit for 15 days and 16 hours. It was, however, cut short. The reason was a problem with fuel cell number two. It seemed like oxygen and hydrogen could uncontrollably mix in it, which could end by an explosion. Mission Flight Rules required that the fuel cell is shut down and flight terminated.
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