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STS-54
STS-54
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Deployed TDRSS 6.

AKA: Endeavour. Launched: 1993-01-13. Returned: 1993-01-19. Number crew: 5 . Duration: 5.98 days.

Payloads: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-F/Inertial Upper Stage (IUS); Diffuse X-ray Spectrometer (DXS); Chromosome and Plant Cell Division in Space (CHROMEX); Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (CGBA) A; Physiological and Anatomical Rodent Experiment (PARE) 02; Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE).

Orbits of Earth: 96. Distance traveled: 4,025,415 km. Orbiter Liftoff Mass: 117,600 kg. Orbiter Mass at Landing: 89,708 kg. Payload to Orbit: 21,156 kg. Payload Returned: 4,113 kg. Landed at: Concrete Runway 33 at Kennedy Space Center, Florid. Landing Speed: 379 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 457 m. Landing Rollout: 2,651 m. EVA: Gregory J. Harbaugh and Mario Runco, Jr. Duration 4 hours, 27 minutes, 50 seconds.

NASA Official Mission Narrative

Mission Name: STS-54 (53)
Endeavour (3)
Pad 39-B (23)
53rd Shuttle Mission
3rd Flight of OV-105
KSC Landing (14)

Crew:
John H. Casper (2), Commander
Donald R. McMonagle (2), Pilot
Mario Runco, Jr.(2), Mission Specialist 1
Gregory J. Harbaugh (2), Mission Specialist 2
Susan J. Helms (1), Mission Specialist 3

Milestones:
OPF-1 - 9/20/92
VAB - 11/23/92
PAD-B - 12/3/92

Payload:
TDRS-F,DXS,CGBA,CHROMEX,PARE,SAMSSSCE
Mission Objectives:

Launch:
Jan. 13, 1993, 8:59.30 a.m. EST. Launch was delayed about 7 minutes due to concerns associated with upper atmospheric winds.
Orbit:
Altitude: 165 nm
Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Orbits: 96
Duration: 5 days 23 hours 38 minutes 19 seconds
Distance: miles

Hardware:
SRB: BI-056
SRM: 360L029
ET : 51
MLP : 2
SSME-1: SN-2019
SSME-2: SN-2033
SSME-3: SN-2018

Landing:
Jan. 19, 1993, 8:37.47 a.m. EST, KSC Runway 33, Orbit 96. Mission Elapsed time: 5 days, 23 hours, 38 minutes. Rollout distance: 8,723 feet. Landing delayed one orbit due to ground fog at KSC.

Mission Highlights:
The primary payload was the fifth Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-F) which was deployed on day one of the mission. It was later successfully transferred to its proper orbit by the Inertial Upper Stage booster.
Also carried into orbit in the payload bay was a Hitchhiker experiment called the Diffuse X-ray Spectrometer (DXS). This instrument collected data on X-ray radiation from diffuse sources in deep space.
Other middeck payloads to test the effects of microgravity included the Commercial General Bioprocessing Apparatus (CGPA) for-life sciences research; the Chromosome and Plant Cell Division in Space Experiment (CHROMEX) to-study plant growth; the Physiological and Anatomical Rodent Experiment (PARE) to examine the skeletal system and the adaptation of bone to space flight; the Space Acceleration Measurement Equipment (SANS) to measure and record the microgravity acceleration environment of middeck experiments; and the Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE) to measure the rate of flame spread and temperature of burning filter paper.
Also, on day five, mission specialists Mario Runco and Greg Harbaugh spent nearly 5 hours in the open cargo bay performing a series of space-walking tasks designed to increase NASAs knowledge of working in space. They tested their abilities to move about freely in the cargo bay, climb into foot restraints without using their hands and simulated carrying large objects in the microgravity environment.


More at: STS-54.

Family: Manned spaceflight. People: Casper, Harbaugh, Helms, McMonagle, Runco. Country: USA. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Projects: STS. Launch Sites: Cape Canaveral. Agency: NASA, NASA Houston.

1993 January 13 - . 13:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. Launch Platform: MLP2. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-54 - . Call Sign: Endeavour. Crew: Casper, Harbaugh, Helms, McMonagle, Runco. Payload: Endeavour F03 / TDRS 6 [IUS]. Mass: 21,156 kg (46,640 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Casper, Harbaugh, Helms, McMonagle, Runco. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-54. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Duration: 5.98 days. Decay Date: 1993-01-19 . USAF Sat Cat: 22313 . COSPAR: 1993-003A. Apogee: 309 km (192 mi). Perigee: 302 km (187 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 90.60 min.

    Manned five crew. Deployed TDRSS 6. Payloads: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-F/Inertial Upper Stage (IUS); Diffuse X-ray Spectrometer (DXS); Chromosome and Plant Cell Division in Space (CHROMEX); Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (CGBA) A; Physiological and Anatomical Rodent Experiment (PARE) 02; Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE).


1993 January 14 - .
  • STS-54 - Wakeup Song: Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder - . Flight: STS-54. "Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder" - The Air Force Song - ..

1993 January 15 - .
  • STS-54 - Wakeup Song: Hail Purdue - . Flight: STS-54. "Hail Purdue" by Purdue Band and Glee Club. For Greg Harbaugh, a Purdue alumnus..

1993 January 17 - .
  • STS-54 - Wakeup Song: Centerfield - . Flight: STS-54. "Centerfield" by John Fogerty..

1993 January 17 - .
1993 January 18 - .
  • STS-54 - Wakeup Song: Stardust - . Flight: STS-54. "Stardust" by Willie Nelson.

1993 January 19 - .
  • STS-54 - Wakeup Song: Ain't Misbehavin' - . Flight: STS-54. "Ain't Misbehavin'" by Eddie Higgins and Rebecca Parris.

1993 January 19 - .

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