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STS-51J Fact Sheet

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

STS-51J -- Atlantis

 

21st Space Shuttle Mission

1st Flight of Atlantis

 

Crew:

 

Karol J. Bobko, Commander

Ronald J. Grabe, Pilot

Robert L. Stewart, Mission Specialist

David C. Hilmers, Mission Specialist

William A. Pailes, Payload Specialist

 

Orbiter Preparations:

 

Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility - April 14, 1985

Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building (for storage) - May 10, 1985

Rollover to Orbiter Processing Facility - May 28, 1985

Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building (for storage) - July 18, 1985

Rollover to Orbiter Processing Facility - July 30, 1985

Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building - August 12, 1985

Rollout to Launch Pad 39A - August 30, 1985

 

Launch:

 

October 3, 1985 - 11:15:30 a.m. EDT. Launch was delayed 22 minutes, 30 seconds due to main engine liquid oxygen prevalve close remote power controller showing a faulty "on" indication. Launch time was not made public until T-9 minutes and counting.

 

Landing:

 

October 7, 1985 - 10:00:08 a.m. PDT at Runway 23, Edwards Air Force Base, California. Rollout distance was 8,056 feet. Rollout time was 65 seconds. Mission duration was 4 days, 1 hour, 44 minutes, 38 seconds. Landing occurred during the 64th orbit.

 

Mission Summary:

 

This was the second dedicated flight for the Department of Defense. Mission elements were kept secret.

 

 

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