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Name of Image: Critical Point Facility (CPF) Team in the Spacelab Payload Operations Control Center (SL POCC) During the STS-42 IML-1 Mission
MIX #: 9253879
NIX #: 9253879 MSFC-9253879
Date of Image: 1982-01-27
Category: Around Marshall

Full Description: The primary payload for Space Shuttle Mission STS-42, launched January 22, 1992, was the International Microgravity Laboratory-1 (IML-1), a pressurized manned Spacelab module. The goal of IML-1 was to explore in depth the complex effects of weightlessness of living organisms and materials processing. Around-the-clock research was performed on the human nervous system's adaptation to low gravity and effects of microgravity on other life forms such as shrimp eggs, lentil seedlings, fruit fly eggs, and bacteria. Materials processing experiments were also conducted, including crystal growth from a variety of substances such as enzymes, mercury iodide, and a virus. The Huntsville Operations Support Center (HOSC) Spacelab Payload Operations Control Center (SL POCC) at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) was the air/ground communication channel used between the astronauts and ground control teams during the Spacelab missions. Featured is the Critical Point Facility (CPF) team in the SL POCC during the IML-1 mission.
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Keywords: STS-42, International Microgravity Laboratory-1, IML-1, Critical Point Facility, CPF, Huntsville Operations Support Center, HOSC, Spacelab Payload Operations Control Center, SL POCC, Marshall Space Flight Center, MSFC
MSFC Negative Number: 9253879
Reference Number: MSFC-75-SA-4105-2C
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