Endeavour captures the Space Flyer Unit
Mission typeSatellite retrieval
Mission duration8 days, 22 hours, 01 minutes, 47 seconds
Distance travelled6,000,000 kilometres (3,700,000 mi)
Orbits completed142
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSpace Shuttle Endeavour
Launch mass112,182 kilograms (247,319 lb)
Landing mass98,549 kilograms (217,263 lb)
Payload mass6,510 kilograms (14,350 lb)
Crew size6
MembersBrian Duffy
Brent W. Jett, Jr.
Leroy Chiao
Winston E. Scott
Koichi Wakata
Daniel T. Barry
Start of mission
Launch date11 January 1996, 09:41:00.072 (1996-01-11UTC09:41Z) UTC
Launch siteKennedy LC-39B
End of mission
Landing date20 January 1996, 07:41:41 (1996-01-20UTC07:41:42Z) UTC
Landing siteKennedy SLF Runway 15
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude185 kilometres (115 mi)
Apogee altitude470 kilometres (290 mi)
Inclination28.45 degrees
Period91.1 min
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Left to right - Seated: Jett, Duffy; Standing: Scott, Chiao, Wakata, Barry
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STS-72 was a Space Shuttle Endeavour mission to capture and return to Earth a Japanese microgravity research spacecraft known as Space Flyer Unit (SFU). The mission launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on 11 January 1996.


Position Astronaut
Commander Brian Duffy
Third spaceflight
Pilot Brent W. Jett
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 Leroy Chiao
Second spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 Winston E. Scott
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 3 Koichi Wakata, JAXA
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 4 Daniel T. Barry
First spaceflight


  • Chiao and Barry – EVA 1
  • EVA 1 Start: 15 January 1996 – 05:35 UTC
  • EVA 1 End: 15 January – 11:44 UTC
  • Duration: 6 hours, 9 minutes
  • Chiao and Scott – EVA 2
  • EVA 2 Start: 17 January 1996 – 05:40 UTC
  • EVA 2 End: 17 January – 12:34 UTC
  • Duration: 6 hours, 54 minutes
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