Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-32

Lockheed Space Operations Company launch of a Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 Rocket

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Lockheed Space Operations Company was scheduled to launch a Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 rocket as part of the STS-32 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Tue, Jan 9th, 1990, 7:35 AM EST from Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

STS-32

STS-32 was the thirty-third mission of the shuttle program and ninth of Columbia. It was the first use of Launch Pad 39A and also marked the first use of the Mobile Launcher Platform No. 3 (MLP-3) in the shuttle program. This was the longest flight of the shuttle program lasting nearly 11 days. Its primary missions were to deploy a defence 10 satellite and retrieved NASAs Long Duration Exposure Facility.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102

Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space-rated orbiter in NASA's Space Shuttle fleet. It launched for the first time on mission STS-1 on April 12, 1981, the first flight of the Space Shuttle program. Over 22 years of service it completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry near the end of its 28th mission, STS-107 on February 1, 2003, resulting in the deaths of all seven crew members.

United Space Alliance

United Space Alliance (USA) is a spaceflight operations company. USA is a joint venture which was established in August 1995 as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), equally owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Crew

G. David Low

G. David Low

Mission Specialist - American

George David Low was an American aerospace executive and a NASA astronaut. He was born in 1956 to Dr. George Low, the Manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office. With undergraduate degrees in physics and mechanical engineering and a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics, he worked in the JPL at the California Institute of Technology in the early 80's, before being picked as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1984. In addition to holding some technical assignments, he logged more than 700 hours in space (including stints on the Columbia, the Atlantis and the Endeavour), before he left NASA in 1996 to pursue a career in the private sector.

Bonnie J. Dunbar

Bonnie J. Dunbar

Mission Specialist - American

Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar is a former NASA astronaut. She retired from NASA in September 2005 then served as president and CEO of The Museum of Flight until April 2010. From January 2013 - December 2015, Dr. Dunbar lead the University of Houston's STEM Center (science, technology, engineering and math) and was a faculty member in the Cullen College of Engineering.[1] Currently, she is a professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University and serves as Director of the Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation (IEEI), a joint entity in the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Daniel Brandenstein

Daniel Brandenstein

Commander - American

Daniel Charles Brandenstein is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Space Alliance. He is a former Naval Aviator, test pilot and NASA astronaut, who flew four Space Shuttle missions.

Jim Wetherbee

Jim Wetherbee

Pilot - American

James Donald "Wxb" Wetherbee is an American former naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aerospace engineer, and NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of six Space Shuttle missions and is the only American to have commanded five spaceflight missions.

Marsha Ivins

Marsha Ivins

Mission Specialist - American

Marsha Sue Ivins is an American former astronaut and a veteran of five space shuttle missions.

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