Lockheed Space Operations Company was scheduled to launch a Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 rocket as part of the
STS-39 mission. The launch window for the Government/Top Secret mission was
on Sun, Apr 28th, 1991, 7:33 AM EDT from Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL. The status of the launch was Success.
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