- COLUMBIA (12)
- Pad 39-A (46)
- 48th Shuttle mission
- 12th Flight of OV-102
- KSC Landing (10)
- Richard N. Richards (3), Commander
- Kenneth D. Bowersox (1), Pilot
- Bonnie J. Dunbar (3), Payload Commander
- Ellen S. Baker (2), Mission Specialist 2
- Carl J. Meade (2), Mission Specialist 3
- Lawrence J. DeLucas (1), Payload Specialist 1
- Eugene H. Trinh (1), Payload Specialist 2
- OPF-3 - 2/10/92
- VAB - 5/29/92
- PAD - 6/3/92
- June 25, 1992, 12:12:23 p.m. EDT. Launch delayed 5 minutes due to
weather concerns. Launch Weight: 257,265 lbs.
- Altitude: 160nm
- Inclination: 28.45 degrees
- Orbits: 221
- Duration: 13 days, 19 hours, 3O minutes, O4 seconds.
- Distance: 5,758,000 miles
- SRB: BI-051
- SRM: 360L/M024
- ET : 45/LWT-38
- MLP : 3
- SSME-1: SN-2019
- SSME-2: SN-2031
- SSME-3: SN-2011
- July 9, 1992, 7:43 a.m. EDT, Runway 33, Kennedy Space Center.
Fla., Rollout distance: 1O,2OO feet. Rollout time: 59 seconds.
Drag chute used. Landing diverted to KSC because of bad weather
at the primary landing site at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Marked 1Oth Space Shuttle landing at KSC and first for the
orbiter COLUMBIA. Mission duration eclipsed all previous U.S.
manned space flights except the three flights to the Skylab Space
Station in 1973 and
1974. Landing Weight: 228,127 lbs.
Last Mission STS-49
Next Mission STS-46
- Primary payload was the United States Microgravity Laboratory-I
(USML-1), a manned Spacelab
module with connecting tunnel to the
orbiter crew compartment.
USML-l was a national effort to advance
microgravity research in a broad number of disciplines. The
13-day mission, the first Extended Duration
Orbiter flight and
the longest Space Shuttle mission to date, also provided new
information on the effects of long-term human stay in space.
Experiments conducted were: Crystal Growth Furnace (CGF), Drop
Physics Module (DPM), Surface Tension Driven Convection
Experiment (STDCE), Zeolite Crystal Growth (ZCG), Protein Crystal
Growth (PCG), Glovebox Facility (GBX), Space Acceleration
Measurement System (SAMS), Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (GBA),
Astroculture-1 (ASC), Extended Duration
Orbiter Medical Project
(EDOMP), and Solid Surface Combustion Experiment
- Secondary experiments included Investigation in Polymer Membrane
Processing (IPMP), Shuttle amateur Radio Experiment II
(SAREX-II), and Ultraviolet Plume Instrument (UVPI).
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