- COLUMBIA (9)
- Pad 39-A (37)
- 33rd Shuttle mission
- 9th Flight OV-102
- 3rd Night landing
- 1st use MLP-3 for Shuttle
- Daniel C. Brandenstein (3), Commander
- James D. Wetherbee (1), Pilot
- Bonnie J. Dunbar (2), Mission Specialist 1
- G. David Low (1), Mission Specialist 2
- Marsha S. Ivins (1), Mission Specialist 3
- OPF - Aug. 22, 1989
- VAB - Oct. 16,1989
- PAD - Nov. 28,1989
- SYNCOM IV-5,IMAX-03,LDEF
- January 9,1990,7:35:00 a.m. EST. Launch scheduled for Dec.
18, 1989, postponed to complete and verify modifications to
being used for first time since January
1986. Launch Jan. 8, 1990
scrubbed due to weather conditions. Launch Weight: 255,994 lbs.
- Altitude: 178nm
- Inclination: 28.5 degrees
- Orbits: 172
- Duration: 10 days, 21 hours, 0 minutes, 36 seconds.
- Distance: 4,509,972 miles
- SRB: BI-035
- ET : 32/LWT-25
- MLP : 3
- SSME-1: SN-2024
- SSME-2: SN-2022
- SSME-3: SN-2028
- January 20, 1990, 1:35:37 a.m. PST, Runway 22, Edwards Air
Force Base, Calif. Rollout distance: 10,731 feet. Rollout time: 62
seconds. Longest Space Shuttle flight to date.
returned to KSC
Jan. 26, 1990. Landing Weight: 228,335 lbs.
Last Mission STS-33
Next Mission STS-36
- Objectives were deployment of SYNCOM IV-F5 defense
communications satellite and retrieval of NASA's Long Duration
Exposure Facility (LDEF). SYNCOM IV-F5 (also known as
LEASAT 5) deployed first, and third stage Minuteman solid perigee
kick motor propelled satellite to geosynchronous orbit.
retrieved on flight day four using
remote manipulator system.
Middeck payloads: Characterization of Neurospora Circadian
Rhythms (CNCR); Protein Crystal Growth (PCG); Fluid Experiment
Apparatus (FEA); American Flight Echocardiograph
/Longitude Locator (L3); Mesoscale Lightning Experiment(MLE);
IMAX camera; and Air Force Maui Optical Site
Click here to return to the
SPACE EDUCATORS' HANDBOOK HOME PAGE.