- CHALLENGER (6)
- Pad 39-A (25)
- 13th Shuttle mission
- 6th Flight OV-99
- 2nd KSC landing
- Robert L. Crippen (4), Commander
- Jon A. McBride (1), Pilot
- Kathryn D. Sullivan (1), Mission Specialist 1
- Sally K. Ride (2), Mission Specialist 2
- David C. Leestma (1), Mission Specialist 3
- Marc Garneau (1), Payload Specialist 1
- Paul D. Scully-Power (1), Payload Specialist 2
- OPF - April 18,
- VAB - Sept. 8,
- PAD - Sept 13,
- October 5, 1984,
7:03:00 a.m. EDT. Launch proceeded as
scheduled with no delays. Launch Weight: 242,780 lbs
- Altitude: 218nm
- Inclination: 57.0 degrees
- Orbits: 133
- Duration: Eight days, five hours, 23 minutes, 33 seconds.
- Distance: 3,289,444 miles
- SRB: BI-013
- SRM: 012LW(HPM)
- ET : 15/LWT-8
- MLP : 1
- SSME-1: SN-2023
- SSME-2: SN-2020
- SSME-3: SN-2021
- October 13, 1984,
12:26:33 p.m. EDT, Runway 33, Kennedy Space Center.
Fla. Rollout distance: 10,633 feet. Rollout time: 59 seconds.
Landing Weight: 202,266 lbs.
Last Mission 41-D
Next Mission 51-A
- First flight to include two women, Ride and Sullivan. Sullivan first
American woman to walk in space. Earth
Radiation Budget Satellite
(ERBS) deployed less than nine hours into flight. Office of Space
and Terrestrial Applications-3 (OSTA-3) carried three experiments
in payload bay. Components of Orbital Refueling System (ORS)
connected, demonstrating it is possible to refuel satellites in orbit.
Other Payloads: Large Format Camera (LFC); IMAX Camera, flying
for third time; package of Canadian Experiments (CANEX); Auroral
Photography Experiment (APE); Radiation Monitoring Equipment
; Thermoluminiscent Dosimeter (TLD); and eight Get Away
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