July 8: STS-65 (Space Shuttle Columbia) launched, 12:43 p.m
July 8: STS-65 (Space Shuttle Columbia) launched, 12:43 p.m., EDT, from KSC. Crew: Robert D. Cabana, James D. Halsell, Richard J. Hieb, Carl E. Walz, Leroy Chiao, Donald A. Thomas, and Chiaki Naito-Mukai. Marked second flight of International Microgravity Laboratory (IML-2), carrying more than twice the number of experiments and facilities as IML-1.
First Japanese woman to fly in space [C. Naito-Mukai]; she also set record for longest flight to date by female astronaut. First Japanese to fly in space twice. [C.Mukai]. First time liftoff and re-entry as experienced from crew cabin captured on tape Landed July 23 at 6:38 a.m. EDT at KSC. Mission Duration: 14 days, 17 hours, 55 minutes.