- COLUMBIA (6)
- Pad 39-A (21)
- 9th Shuttle mission
- 6th Flight OV-102
- 1st rollback
- Extended mission
- John W. Young (6), Commander
- Brewster H. Shaw (1), Jr., Pilot
- Owen K. Garriott (2), Mission Specialist
- Dr. Robert A. Parker (1), Mission Specialist
- Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg (1), Payload Specialist
- Dr. Ulf Merbold (1), Payload Specialist (ESA)
- Flow A:
- OPF - Nov. 23,
- VAB - Sept. 24,
- PAD - Sept. 28,
- Flow B:
- OPF - Oct. 20,
- VAB - Nov. 3, 1983
- PAD - Nov. 8,
- November 28, 1983,
11:00:00 a.m. EST. Launch set for Sept.
30 delayed 28 days due to suspect exhaust
on right solid
rocket booster. Problem discovered while Shuttle was on pad.
Shuttle returned to VAB and demated. Suspect
and vehicle restacked. Countdown Nov. 28 proceeded as scheduled.
Launch Weight: 247,619 lbs.
- Altitude: 155nm
- Inclination: 57.0 degrees
- Orbits: 167
- Duration: 10 days, seven hours, 47 minutes, 24 seconds.
- Distance: 4,295,853 miles
- SRB: BI-009
- SRM: 009SW(HPM)
- ET : 11/LWT-4
- MLP : 1
- SSME-1: SN-2011
- SSME-2: SN-2018
- SSME-3: SN-2019
- December 8, 1983,
3:47:24 p.m. PST, Runway 17, Edwards Air
Force Base, Calif. Rollout distance: 8,456 feet. Rollout time: 53
seconds. Landing delayed approximately eight hours to analyze problems
when general purpose computers one and two failed and inertial measurement
unit one failed. During landing, two of three
auxiliary power units caught
returned to KSC Dec. 15,
1983. Landing Weight: 220,027 lbs.
Last Mission STS-8
Next Mission 41-B
- Flight carried first Spacelab
mission and first astronaut to represent
European Space Agency (ESA), Ulf Merbold of Germany.
ESA and NASA
jointly sponsored Spacelab-1 and conducted investigations which
demonstrated capability for advanced research in space.
is an orbital laboratory and observations platform composed of
cylindrical pressurized modules and U-shaped unpressurized pallets
which remain in orbiter's cargo bay during flight. Altogether 73
separate investigations carried out in astronomy and physics,
atmospheric physics, Earth observations, life sciences,
materials sciences, space plasma physics and technology. First
time six persons carried into space on a single vehicle.
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