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STS-61A Launch (1985)
October 30, 2015
Thirtieth anniversary of STS-61A, the 22nd mission of NASA’s Space Shuttle program and the mission that holds the current record for the largest crew–eight people–aboard a single spacecraft for the duration of a mission (launch to landing).
This mission was a Spacelab mission funded and managed by West Germany. There were 76 scientific experiments onboard and the crew was split into two teams working split shifts to maximize research time. The crew consisted of Commander Henry Hartsfield (third spaceflight), pilot Steve Nagel (second spaceflight), mission specialists Bonnie Dunbar (first spaceflight), James Buchli (second spaceflight), Guy Bluford (second spaceflight), and payload specialists Reinhard Furrer (only spaceflight), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Messerschmid (only spaceflight), and Wubbo Ockels (only spaceflight).