WPI's Man In Space
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On Sunday, Nov. 5, at 6:45 a.m., Eastern, the space shuttle Columbia touched down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a busy and productive 16-day science mission, the second-longest shuttle mission in history. The shuttle carried in its cargo bay the second United States Microgravity Laboratory. In this space laboratory, Columbia's seven-person crew conducted a host of sophisticated microgravity experiments.
The flight crew for the USML-2 mission included Albert Sacco Jr., head of the WPI Chemical Engineering Department. Sacco was a payload specialist, helping conduct the mission's many experiments. Sacco was also the principal investigator for the Zeolite Crystal Growth Experiment, which was developed by several WPI researchers.