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The launch of the space shuttle Atlantis (mission STS-27) from the Kennedy space centre, Florida, on 2 December, 1988. Aboard were astronauts Richard M. (Mike) Mullane, Jerry L. Ross, Guy S. Gardner, Robert L. Gibson and William M. Shepherd. Mission STS-27 lasted four days and carried a secret US Department of Defense payload.
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