- DISCOVERY (8)
- Pad 39-B (9)
- 28th Shuttle mission
- 8th Flight OV-103
- Michael L. Coats (2), Commander
- John E. Blaha (1), Pilot
- James P. Bagian (1), Mission Specialist 1
- James F. Buchli (3), Mission Specialist 2
- Robert C. Springer (1), Mission Specialist 3
- OPF - Oct 9,
- VAB - Jan. 23, 1989
- PAD - Feb. 3, 1989
- March 13, 1989,9:57:00 a.m. EST. Launch manifested Feb. 18
reassessed for late February/early March launch to replace suspect
liquid oxygen turbopumps on Discovery's three main engines
and faulty master events controller.
Launch March 13 delayed one
hour, 50 minutes due to morning ground fog and upper winds.
Launch Weight: 256,357 lbs.
- Altitude: 184nm
- Inclination: 28.5 degrees
- Orbits: 80
- Duration: 4 days, 23 hours, 38 minutes, 52 seconds.
- Distance: 2,000,000 miles (approx)
- SRB: BI-031
- SRM: 360L003
- ET : 36/LWT-29
- MLP : 2
- SSME-1: SN-2031
- SSME-2: SN-2022
- SSME-3: SN-2028
- March 18, 1989, 6:35:51 s.m. PST, Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Rollout distance: 9,339 feet. Rollout time: 53 seconds.
Orbiter returned to
KSC March 24,1989. Landing Weight: 194,789 lbs.
Last Mission STS-27
Next Mission STS-30
- Primary payload, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-4
attached to an Inertial Upper Stage
(IUS), became third
deployed. After deployment, IUS
propelled satellite to geosynchronous
orbit. Secondary payloads: Orbiter Experiments Autonomous
Supporting Instrumentation System-1 (OASIS-1);
Space Station Heat
Pipe Advanced Radiator Experiment (SHARE); Protein Crystal Growth
(PCG); Chromosomes and Plant Cell Division (CHROMEX); two Shuttle
Student Involvement Program (SSIP) experiments; and Air Force experiment
using orbiter as calibration target for ground-based experiment for Air
Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) in Hawaii.
Crew also photographed Earth
with hand held IMAX camera.
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