3rd Shuttle flight and 3rd flight of Columbia Longest Shuttle mission to date, 1st flight of an External Tank without Fire Retardant Latex primer, 1st test of a deployable payload with the robot arm and 1st Shuttle mission kept in orbit an additional day due to unacceptable weather conditions at the landing site
22 March 1982 at 4:00:00 pm GMT from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida
Development Flight Instrumentation (DFI), Interim Environmental Contamination Monitor (IECM), Office of Space Science (OSS)-1, Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR), Electrophoresis Equipment Verification Test (EEVT), Heflex Bioengineering Test (HBT), Shuttle Student Involvement Project (SSIP) and one Getaway Special (GAS) 'practice' canister 235 km 38 degrees
30 March 1982 at 4:04:46 pm GMT on Runway 17 at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico 5,367,000 km 129
8 days, 0 hours, 4 minutes and 46 seconds
Col Jack Robert Lousma, 46, US Marine Corps, commander
Col Charles Gordon Fullerton, 45, US Air Force, pilot
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