Sequence 33rd Shuttle flight and 9th flight of Columbia

Milestones Longest Shuttle mission to date, 1st women astronauts to fly on board Columbia and 1st satellite retrieval by Columbia Launch 9 January 1990 at 12:35:00 pm GMT from Pad 39A at Kennedy

Space Center in Florida Payload Leasat-5, Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) retrieval,

Interim Operational Contamination Monitor (IOCM), IMAX payload bay camera, Characterisation of Neurospora Circadian Rhythms (CNCR), Protein Crystal Growth (PCG), Fluid Experiment Apparatus (FEA), American Flight Echocardiograph (AFE), Latitude/Longitude Locator (L3), Mesoscale Lightning Experiment (MLE) and Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS)

Max. altitude Max. inclination Landing

Distance Orbits Duration Crew


Sequence Milestones

Launch Payload

Max. altitude Max. inclination Landing

Distance Orbits Duration Crew

330 km 28.5 degrees

20 January 1990 at 9:36:39 am GMT on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base in California 7,260,000 km 171

10 days, 21 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds

Capt Daniel Charles Brandenstein, 46, US Navy, commander Lt-Cdr James Donald Wetherbee, 37, US Navy, pilot Dr Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar, 40, mission specialist 1 Marsha Sue Ivins, 38, mission specialist 2 George David Low, 33, mission specialist 3

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