Eureca Retrieval

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EURECA − the EUropean REtrievable CArrier − was a 4.5-tonne satellite with 15 experiments and was deployed into space by Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-46) on 31 July 1992 at an altitude of 508 km. It was retrieved on 21 May 1993 by Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-57). It was operated by ESA from the European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany (see "Eureca in dramatic Shuttle deployment").

This tape provides a summary of operations for the mission, launch recordings and an outline of the science involved.

EURECA is one of the few satellites that have been returned to Earth intact, and it provided a wealth of information for space debris impact studies.

It has been on display at the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne since 2000.

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