- Atlantis (2)
- Pad 39-A (35)
- 23rd Shuttle mission
- 2nd Flight OV-104
- 2nd Night launch
- Shortened mission
- Brewster H. Shaw, Jr. (2), Commander
- Bryan D. O'Connor (1), Pilot
- Mary L. Cleave (1), Mission Specialist 1
- Sherwood C. Spring (1), Mission Specialist 2
- Jerry L. Ross (1), Mission Specialist 3
- Rodolfo Neri Vela (1), Payload Specialist 1
- Charles D. Walker (3), Payload Specialist 2
- OPF - Oct. 12, 1985
- VAB - Nov. 7, 1985
- PAD - Nov. 12, 1985
- MORELOS-B, SATCOM-KU1, AUSSAT-2, EASE/ACCESS/CFES(6), UVX, IMAX-CAMERA(4), GAS
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- November 26, 1985, 7:29:00 p.m. EST. Launch proceeded as scheduled
with no delays. Launch Weight: 261,455 lbs.
- Altitude: 225nm
- Inclination: 28.5 degrees
- Orbits: 109
- Duration: Six days, 21 hours, four minutes, 49 seconds.
- Distance: 2,838,972 miles
- SRB: BI-023
- SRM: L023(HPM)
- ET : 22/LWT-15
- MLP : 2
- SSME-1: SN-2011
- SSME-2: SN-2019
- SSME-3: SN-2017
- December 3, 1985, 1:33:49 p.m. PST, Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif. Rollout distance: 10,759 feet. Rollout time: 78 seconds.
Mission shortened one revolution due to lightning conditions at Edwards.
Landed on concrete runway because lake bed was wet. Orbiter returned to
KSC Dec. 7, 1985. Landing Weight: 205,732 lbs.
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Last Mission 61-A
Next Mission 61-C
- Three communications satellites deployed: MORE LOS-B (Mexico), AUSSAT-2
(Australia) and SATCOM KU-2 (RCA Americom). MORELOS-B and AUSSAT-2 attached
to Payload Assist Module-D motors, SATCOM KU-2 to a PAM-D2 designed for
heavier payloads. Two experiments conducted to test assembling erectable
structures in space: Experimental Assembly of Structures in Extravehicular
Activity (EASE) and Assembly Concept for Construction of Erectable Space
Structure (ACCESS). Experiments required two space walks by Spring and
Ross lasting five hours, 32 minutes, and six hours, 38 minutes, respectively.
Middeck payloads: Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System (CFES);
Diffusive Mixing of Organic Solutions (DMOS); Morelos Payload Specialist
Experiments (MPSE) and Orbiter Experiments (OEX). In payload bay: Get Away
Special and IMAX Cargo Bay Camera (ICBC).
Last Updated Friday June 29 11:21:02 EDT 2001
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