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'Columbia' trip breaks US record

CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuter) - The US space shuttle Columbia completed its 11th day in orbit yesterday, breaking the record for the longest shuttle mission. The previous record of 10 days 21 hours and one minute was passed on the 174th orbit of a scheduled 13-day science flight.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said that, weather permitting, Columbia, which took off on 25 June, would land in California tomorrow, ending the longest crewed US space mission since 1974.