STS-78 launched June 20, 1996 and landed July 7, 1996 becoming the longest Space Shuttle mission to date. This mission served as a model for future studies onboard the International Space Station. The LMS mission included studies sponsored by ten nations and five space agencies. The international crew included 5 Americans a Frenchman, a Canadian, a Spaniard, and an Italian.
Carried Life and Microgravity Spacelab; human biological and microgravity experiments. Landed KSC July 7.
Columbia rolled out to pad 39B on March 23. Payloads:
The Neurolab mission was managed by NASA-Johnson at Houston, unlike earlier Spacelab flights which were NASA-Marshall/Huntsville's responsibility. Landed at Kennedy Space Center May 3 1998.