Mission: Department of DefenseSpace Shuttle: DiscoveryLaunch Pad: 39B Launch Weight: ClassifiedLaunched: November 22, 1989, 7:23:30 p.m. ESTLanding Site: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.Landing: November 27, 1989, 4:30:18 p.m. PSTLanding Weight: 194,282 poundsRunway: 4 Rollout Distance: 7,764 feetRollout Time: 46 secondsRevolution: 79Mission Duration: 5 days, 0 hours, 6 minutes, 48 secondsReturned to KSC: December 4, 1989Orbit Altitude: 302 nautical milesOrbit Inclination: 28.45 degreesMiles Traveled: 2.1 million Crew Members 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 Launch HighlightsThe launch set for November 20 was rescheduled to allow changeout of suspect integrated electronics assemblies on the twin solid rocket boosters.Mission HighlightsFifth mission dedicated to the Department of Defense.
On November 22, 1989, at 7:23:30pm (EST), 5 astronauts were launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Orbiter Discovery for the 5th Department of Defense mission, STS-33. Photographed from left to right are Kathryn C. Thornton, mission specialist 3; Manley L. (Sonny) Carter, mission specialist 2; Frederick D. Gregory, commander; John E. Blaha, pilot; and F. Story Musgrave, mission specialist 1.
STS-33 Discovery, OV-103, crew eats preflight breakfast at KSC O&C Bldg
STS-33 crewmembers, wearing LESs, leave KSC O&C Bldg for launch pad
STS-33 Discovery, OV-103, in KSC Vehicle Assembly Bldg after ET/SRB
STS-33 Discovery, OV-103, early morning liftoff from KSC LC Pad 39B
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