Recovery of the Palapa B2 satellite by the Space Shuttle Discovery, 1984.
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Palapa B2 was recovered by Discovery during mision 51-A in November 1984. Astronaut Dale Gardner hangs onto an adapter for securing the satellite in the Shuttle's cargo bay. Palapa B2 and Westar 6, another communications satellite, were brought back to earth by Discovery for refurbishment and reuse.