Mission Archives

Mission: Department of Defense
Space Shuttle: Columbia
Launch Pad: 39B
Launch Weight: Classified
Launched: August 8, 1989, 8:37:00 a.m. EDT
Landing Site: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Landing: August 13, 1989, 6:37:08 a.m. PDT
Landing Weight: 190,956 pounds
Runway: 17
Rollout Distance: 6,015 feet
Rollout Time: 46 seconds
Revolution: 81
Mission Duration: 5 days, 1 hour, 0 minutes, 8 seconds
Returned to KSC: August 21, 1989
Orbit Altitude: Classified
Orbit Inclination: 57 degrees
Miles Traveled: 2.1 million

Crew Members

                    STS-28 Crew Photo

Image above: STS-28 Crew photo with Commander Brewster H. Shaw Jr., Pilot Richard N. Richards, Mission Specialists James C. Adamson, David C. Leestma and Mark N. Brown. Image Credit: NASA

Launch Highlights

STS-28 Mission Patch Liftoff occurred during a classified launch window lying within a launch period extending from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT, Aug. 8.

Mission Highlights

Fourth mission dedicated to the Department of Defense, and first flight of Columbia since Mission 61-C.

NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center