Mission: Department of Defense
Space Shuttle: Discovery
Launch Pad: 39B
Launch Weight: Classified
Launched: November 22, 1989, 7:23:30 p.m. EST
Landing Site: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Landing: November 27, 1989, 4:30:18 p.m. PST
Landing Weight: 194,282 pounds
Rollout Distance: 7,764 feet
Rollout Time: 46 seconds
Mission Duration: 5 days, 0 hours, 6 minutes, 48 seconds
Returned to KSC: December 4, 1989
Orbit Altitude: 302 nautical miles
Orbit Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Miles Traveled: 2.1 million
Image above: STS-33 Crew photo with Commander Frederick D. Gregory, Pilot John E. Blaha, Mission Specialists
F. Story Musgrave, Manley L. Carter, Jr. and Kathryn C. Thornton. Image Credit: NASA
The launch set for November 20 was rescheduled to allow changeout of suspect integrated electronics assemblies on the twin solid rocket boosters.
Fifth mission dedicated to the Department of Defense.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center