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The European Retrievable Carrier (EURECA) is an unmanned 4.5 ton satellite equipped with 15 scientific instruments. It was deployed from Space Shuttle Atlantis during mission STS-46 in 1992-Aug-2. EURECA then stayed in orbit for almost a year performing experiments before it was retrieved in 1993-Jul-1 by Space Shuttle Endeavour during STS-57. Originally slated to fly again to space five more times, but they are cancelled for budgetary reasons. Today, the satellite is on permanent display at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Luzern, Switzerland since 2000.


  • Requires the Space Shuttle addon to be installed first
  • You can only view EURECA from 1992-Jul-31 until 1993-Jul-1
  • The Tethered Satellite System (TSS) payload is also included in this package
  • For this reason, Shuttle missions STS-46, STS-57 and STS-75 will be modified by this addon upon installation

EURECA being deployed from STS-46 (top) and retrieved by STS-57 just less than a year later (bottom)

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