Mission: MagellanSpace Shuttle: AtlantisLaunch Pad: 39B Launch Weight: 261,118 poundsLaunched: May 4, 1989, 2:46:59 p.m. EDTLanding Site: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.Landing: May 8, 1989, 12:43:26 p.m. PDTLanding Weight: 194,789 poundsRunway: 22 Rollout Distance: 10,295 feetRollout Time: 64 secondsRevolution: 65Mission Duration: 4 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes, 27 secondsReturned to KSC: May 15, 1989Orbit Altitude: 184 nautical milesOrbit Inclination: 28.8 degreesMiles Traveled: 1.7 million Crew Members Image above: STS-30 Crew photo with Commander David M. Walker, Pilot Ronald J. Grabe, Mission Specialists Norman E. Thagard, Mary L. Cleave and Mark C. Lee. Image Credit: NASA Launch HighlightsThe launch scheduled for April 28 was scrubbed at T-31 seconds due to a problem with the liquid hydrogen recirculation pump on the number one main engine and a vapor leak in a four-inch liquid hydrogen recirculation line between the orbiter and the external tank. The repairs were made and launch was reset for May 4. Liftoff was delayed until the last five minutes of a 64 minute window opening at 1:48 a.m. EDT due to cloud cover and high winds at KSC shuttle runway, violating return-to-launch-site limits. Mission HighlightsThe primary payload, a Magellan/Venus radar mapper spacecraft and attached Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), was deployed six hours, 14 minutes into flight. The IUS first and second stage fired as planned, boosting the Magellan spacecraft on a proper trajectory for a 15-month journey to Venus.Secondary payloads were: Mesoscale Lightning Experiment (MLE), microgravity research with Fluids Experiment Apparatus (FEA), and Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) experiment.One of five General Purpose Computers (GPC) failed and had to be replaced with a sixth onboard hardware spare. This is the first time a GPC was switched on orbit.
STS-30 | Shuttle: Atlantis | Launch: May 4, 1989
Seated from left to right: Ronald J. Grabe (pilot), Norman E. Thagard (mission specialist), Mark C. Lee (mission specialist), Standing from left to right: David M. Walker (commander), Mary L. Cleave (mission specialist)
STS-30 Magellan spacecraft & IUS deployment from Atlantis' payload bay (PLB)
Mounted atop Boeing’s Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), the Magellan spacecraft departs Atlantis’ payload bay on 4 May 1989, 25 years ago today. Photo Credit: NASA
STS030-S-126 (8 May 1989) --- The space shuttle Atlantis, as seen in a low angle view on its glide in from Earth orbit, heads toward a concrete runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Onboard were astronauts David M. Walker, STS-30 commander; Ronald J. Grabe, pilot; and astronauts Norman E. Thagard, Mary L. Cleave and Mark C. Lee -- all mission specialists. Photo credit: NASA
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Magellan-Sonde auf dem Weg zur Venus...