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December 17, 1985

The seven-man crew, including a Florida congressman, met with space officials and reviewed flight plans at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as the countdown began for Wednesday's launch of space shuttle Columbia on its first flight in more than two years. The launch, scheduled for 4 a.m. PST, follows by just 15 days Atlantis' return from orbit, marking the shortest turnaround time between shuttle missions.

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