Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-40

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-40 mission. The launch window for the Microgravity Research mission was on Wed, Jun 5th, 1991, 9:24 AM EDT from Launch Complex 39B, 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-40

STS-40 was the eleventh launch of Columbia and carried the Spacelab module for Spacelab Life Sciences 1 (SLS-1), the fifth Spacelab mission and the first dedicated to biology. It was also the first mission to carry three women crew members.

Location

Launch Complex 39B, Kennedy Space Center, FL

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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

James P. Bagian

James P. Bagian

Mission Specialist - American

James Philip Bagian, MD, PE is an American physician, engineer, and former NASA astronaut of Armenian descent. During his career as an astronaut, he logged 337 hours of space-flight, over two missions, STS-29 (in 1989) and STS-40 (in 1991). After leaving NASA in 1995, Bagian was elected as a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and of the Institute of Medicine. Bagian is currently the Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety at the University of Michigan.

Bryan D. O'Connor

Bryan D. O'Connor

Commander - American

Bryan Daniel O'Connor is a retired United States Marine Corps Colonel and former NASA astronaut.

Sidney M. Gutierrez

Sidney M. Gutierrez

Pilot - American

Sidney McNeill Gutierrez is a former NASA astronaut.

Tamara E. Jernigan

Tamara E. Jernigan

Mission Specialist - American

Tamara Elizabeth "Tammy" Jernigan, Ph.D. is an American scientist and former NASA astronaut and a veteran of five shuttle missions.

F. Drew Gaffney

F. Drew Gaffney

Payload Specialist - American

Francis Andrew "Drew" Gaffney is an American doctor. He previously worked for NASA and participated in the STS-40 Space Life Sciences (SLS 1) Space Shuttle mission in 1991 as a payload specialist. The SLS-1 mission crew completed over 18 experiments in nine days, bringing back more medical data than any previous NASA flight. He is currently a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Millie Hughes-Fulford

Millie Hughes-Fulford

Payload Specialist - American

Millie Elizabeth Hughes-Fulford (born December 21, 1945) is an American medical investigator, molecular biologist and former NASA astronaut who flew aboard a NASA Space Shuttle mission as a Payload Specialist.

Margaret Rhea Seddon

Margaret Rhea Seddon

Mission Specialist - American

Margaret Rhea Seddon is a physician and retired NASA astronaut. After being selected as part of the first group of astronauts to include women, she flew on three Space Shuttle flights: as mission specialist for STS-51-D and STS-40, and as payload commander for STS-58. Both before and after her career in the astronaut program, she has been active in the medical community in Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas.

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