- CHALLENGER (3)
- Pad 39-A (20)
- 8th Shuttle mission
- 3rd Flight OV-099
- 1st Night Launch
- 1st Night Landing
- Richard H. Truly (2), Commander
- Daniel C. Brandenstein (1), Pilot
- Dale A. Gardner (1), Mission Specialist
- Guion S. Bluford (1), Jr., Mission Specialist
- William E. Thornton (1), Mission Specialist
- OPF - June 3O, 1983
- VAB - July 26, 1983
- PAD - Aug. 2, 1983
- INSAT-1B, PDRS/PFTA, CFES(4), OIM, MLR(3), GAS(x7)
- August 30, 1983,
2:32:00 a.m. EDT. Launch delayed 17 mlnutes
due to weather. Launch Weight: 242,742 lbs.
- Altitude: 191nm
- Inclination: 28.5 degrees
- Orbits: 98
- Duration: Six days, one hour, eight minutes, 43 seconds.
- Distance: 2,514,478 miles
- SRB: BI-008
- SRM: 008LW(HPM)
- ET : 9/LWT-2
- MLP : 2
- SSME-1: SN-2017
- SSME-2: SN-2015
- SSME-3: SN-2012
- September 5,1983,
12:40:43 a.m. PDT, Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif. Rollout distance: 9,371 feet. Rollout time: 50 seconds.
returned to KSC Sept. 9, 1983.
Landing Weight 203,945 lbs
Last Mission STS-7
Next Mission STS-9
- Bluford became first African-American to fly in space.
a multipurpose satellite for India attached to Payload Assist Module-D
(PAM-D) motor, was deployed.
Nose of orbiter held away
from sun 14 hours to test flight deck area in extreme cold. For
(DFI PLT), crew filmed
performance of experimental heat
pipe mounted in cargo bay; also,
orbiter dropped to 139 miles altitude to perform tests on thin atomic
oxygen to identify cause of glow that surrounds parts of
night. Remote manipulator system
tested to evaluate joint reactions
to higher loads. Biofeedback experiments: six rats flown in Animal
Enclosure Module to observe animal reactions in space. Other
payloads: Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System
Shuttle Student Involvement Program (SSlP) experiment; Incubator-Cell
Attachment Test (l CAT); Investigation of STS Atmospheric
Luminosities (ISAL); Radiation Monitoring Equipment
five Get Away Special experiment packages including eight cans of
postal covers. Testing conducted between Tracking and Data
Relay Satellite-I (TDRS-1 )
using Ku-band antenna, and
investigations continued on Space Adaptation Syndrome.
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