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Mission "STS-61A"


BRIEFLY ABOUT MISSION
Registration number 1985-104A / 16230
Time and date of launch (UTC) 17h.00m.00s.   October 30, 1985
Launch site Cape Canaveral, LC 39-A
Launch vehicle Shuttle
Payload mass (kg) 14451
Orbital parameters:
   - inclination (degrees) 57
   - period (minutes) 91.0
   - perigee (km) 319
   - apogee (km) 331
Time and date of landing (wheel stop, UTC) 17h.45m.38s.   November 06, 1985
   - rollout time (sec.) 45
Place of landing Runway 17, Edwards Air Force Base, CA
Duration 7d.00h.45m.38s.
Distance (km) 4.682 million
Number of revolutions around Earth 111
Summary 9th (the last) fly of "Challenger". Crew of 8 astronauts (include 3 foreign astronauts).



CREW
Ord.
num.
Status Main Backup Reserved
1 Cdr Hartsfield, Henry Warren, Jr.

2 Plt Nagel, Steven Ray

3 MS Buchli, James Frederick

4 MS Bluford, Guion Stewart, Jr.

5 MS (w) Dunbar, Bonnie Jeanne

6 PS Furrer, Reinhard Alfred

7 PS Messerschmid, Ernst Willi

8 PS Ockels, Wubbo Johannes Merbold, Ulf Dietrich
Call sign Challenger


TIMELINE
Date Time (UTC) Spaceship's revo-
lution number
Explanation
Oct 30, 1985 17:00:00 1 Lift-off Shuttle, mission "STS-61A"   (crew: Hartsfield,   Nagel,   Buchli,   Bluford,   Dunbar,   Furrer,   Messerschmid,   Ockels ).
Nov 06, 1985 16:50? 111 Deorbit burn of Shuttle, mission "STS-61A"   (crew: Hartsfield,   Nagel,   Buchli,   Bluford,   Dunbar,   Furrer,   Messerschmid,   Ockels ).
Nov 06, 1985 17:45:38 112 Landing of Shuttle, mission "STS-61A"   (crew: Hartsfield,   Nagel,   Buchli,   Bluford,   Dunbar,   Furrer,   Messerschmid,   Ockels ).

Sources:
  Mission Control Center (TsUP) from 2007
  CBS News
  Spaceflight now
  Alexander Zheleznyakov
  journal "Novosti Kosmonavtiki" ("News of Cosmonautics") from 1993 till our time
  journal "Kosmonavtika, astronomiya" ("Cosmonautics, astronomy") 1983-1991 years
  book "Evolution of vehicle-creating and cosmonautics in the USSR" by Valentin P. Glushko, Moscow, 1987
  Jonathan's Space Report
  and many other people and editions
  


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