Space Shuttle: Discovery
Launch Pad: 39B
Launch Weight: Classified
Launched: November 22, 1989, 7:23:30 p.m. EST
Landing Site: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Landing: November 27, 1989, 4:30:18 p.m. PST
Landing Weight: 194,282 pounds
Rollout Distance: 7,764 feet
Rollout Time: 46 seconds
Mission Duration: 5 days, 0 hours, 6 minutes, 48 seconds
Returned to KSC: December 4, 1989
Orbit Altitude: 302 nautical miles
Orbit Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Miles Traveled: 2.1 million
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
The launch set for November 20 was rescheduled to allow changeout of suspect integrated electronics assemblies on the twin solid rocket boosters.
Fifth 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
Frams von STS-33 Discovery Mission NASA-Video: