Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
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Creighton was pilot of STS-51G which launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 17, 1985. During the mission the crew deployed communications satellites for Mexico (Morelos), the Arab League (Arabsat), and the United States (AT&T Telstar). They used the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) to deploy and later retrieve the SPARTAN satellite which performed 17 hours of x-ray astronomy experiments while separated from the Space Shuttle. In addition, the crew activated the Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (ADSF), six Getaway Specials, participated in biomedical experiments, and conducted a laser tracking experiment as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative. After completing 112 earth orbits in 170 hours, STS-51G landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on June 24, 1985.
Following his flight, Creighton became the astronaut representative to the Shuttle Program Manager. During the ensuing two years, Creighton participated in all the key decisions following the Challenger disaster helping to shape the plan for resuming safe manned space flight. Starting with STS-26, Creighton served as Lead "CAPCOM" for the first four Space Shuttle flights. In March 1989 he was assigned to command STS-36 but continued to serve as Head of the Mission Support Branch in the Astronaut Office until commencing full time for his upcoming flight.
Captain Creighton and his crew launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on February 28, 1990 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The STS-36 mission carried Department of Defense payloads and a number of secondary payloads. After 72 orbits of the earth in 106 hours, the STS-36 mission concluded with a lakebed landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on March 4, 1990, after traveling 1.87 million miles.
Following STS-36 Captain Creighton headed up the Operations Development Branch within the Astronaut Office for one year prior to resuming full-time training for his next command.
Captain Creighton commanded the crew of STS-48 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on September 12, 1991. STS-48 was a five day mission during which the crew deployed the Upper Atmosphere 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 fluids and structures react in weightlessness. Following 81 orbits in 128 hours the mission concluded on September 18, 1991 with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
With the completion of his third mission, Creighton has logged a total of 403 hours in space.
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