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
Rollout Distance: 6,015 feet
Rollout Time: 46 seconds
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
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
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.
Fourth mission dedicated to the Department of Defense, and first flight of Columbia since Mission 61-C.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center