- Endeavour (2)
- Pad 39-B (21)
- 50th Shuttle Mission
- 2nd Flight of OV-105
- KSC Landing (12)
- Robert L. Gibson (4), Commander
- Curtis L. Brown (1), Jr, Pilot
- Mark C. Lee (2), Payload Commander
- N. Jan Davis (2), Mission Specialist
- Jay Apt (2), Mission Specialist
- Mae C. Jemison (1), Mission Specialist
- Mamoru Mohri (1), Payload Specialist
- OPF-3 - 5/31/92
- VAB - 8/17/92
- PAD - 8/25/92
- SPACELAB-J, GAS-BRIDGE,ISAIAH, SSCE, SAREX-II,AMOS, UVPI
- Sept. 12, 1992, 10:23:00.0680 a.m. EDT. (First on-time Shuttle
launch since STS-6lB in November l985). Launch Weight: 258,679 lbs.
- Altitude: 166nm
- Inclination: 57.0 degrees
- Orbits: 126
- Duration: 7 days, 22 hours, 30 minutes, 23 seconds.
- Distance: 3,271,844 miles
- SRB: BI-053
- SRM: 360L/W026
- ET : 49/LWT-42
- MLP : 2
- SSME-1: SN-2026
- SSME-2: SN-2022
- SSME-3: SN-2029
- Sept. 20, 1992, 8:53:24 a.m. EDT, Runway 33, Kennedy Space Center. FL.
Rollout distance: 8,567 feet. Mission extended one day for extended
scientific experimentation. Landing Weight: 218,854 lbs.
Last Mission STS-46
Next Mission STS-52
- Spacelab-J -- a joint NASA and National Space Development Agency
of Japan (NASDA) mission utilizing a manned
Spacelab module --
conducted microgravity investigations in materials and life
sciences. The international crew, consisting of the first
Japanese astronaut to fly aboard the Shuttle, the first
African-American woman to fly in space and the first married
couple to fly on the same space mission, was divided into red and
blue teams for around the clock operations.
24 materials science and 2O life sciences experiments, of which
35 were sponsored by NASDA, 7 by NASA and two collaborative
- Materials science investigations covered such fields as
biotechnology, electronic materials, fluid dynamics and transport
phenomena, glasses and ceramics, metals and alloys, and
acceleration measurements. Life sciences included experiments on
human health, cell separation and biology, developmental biology,
animal and human physiology and behavior, space radiation, and
biological rhythms. Test subjects included the crew, Japanese koi
fish (carp), cultured animal and plant cells, chicken embryos,
fruit flies, fungi and plant seeds, and frogs and frog eggs.
- Twelve Get Away Special (GAS) canisters (10 with experiments, 2
with ballast) were carried in the payload bay. Middeck
experiments were: Israeli Space Agency Investigation About
Hornets (ISAIAH), Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE),
Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX II), Air Force Maui
Optical Site (AMOS), and Ultraviolet Plume Imager (UVPI).
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