Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
Selected by NASA in May 1984, Brown became an astronaut in June 1985, qualified for assignment as a mission specialist on future Space Shuttle flight crews. In December 1985 he was assigned to the crew of a Department of Defense mission which was subsequently canceled due to the Challenger accident. During 1986 and 1987 he served as an astronaut member of the solid rocket booster redesign team. In February 1988 Brown was assigned to a new flight crew. On his first space flight, (August 8-13, 1989), Brown served as a mission specialist on the crew of STS-28, following which he served as astronaut member on the Space Station Freedom Program. The Orbiter Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 8, 1989. The mission carried Department of Defense payloads and a number of secondary payloads. After 80 orbits of the earth, this five-day mission concluded with a dry lakebed landing on Runway 17 at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on August 13, 1989.
More recently, Brown was a crew member on STS-48 aboard the Orbiter Discovery which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on September 12, 1991. This was a five-day mission during which the crew deployed the Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite (UARS) which is designed to provide scientists with their first complete data set on the upper atmosphere's chemistry, winds and energy inputs. The crew also conducted numerous secondary experiments ranging from growing protein crystals, to studying how fluid structures react in weightlessness. Mission duration was 81 orbits and concluded with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California on September 18, 1991. With the completion of his second mission, Brown has logged over 249 hours in space.
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