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STS-73

Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102

Lockheed Martin Space Operations

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Kathryn C. Thornton

Kathryn C. Thornton

Status: Retired
8/17/1952 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 11/23/1989
Last Flight: 10/20/1995

Kathryn Ryan Cordell Thornton is an American scientist and a former NASA astronaut with over 975 hours in space, including 21 hours of extravehicular activity. She was the associate dean for graduate programs at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, currently a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Ken Bowersox

Ken Bowersox

Status: Retired
11/14/1956 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/25/1992
Last Flight: 11/23/2002

Kenneth Dwane "Sox" Bowersox is a United States Navy officer, and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of five Space Shuttle launches and an extended stay aboard the International Space Station. When he launched on STS-73 at the age of 38 years and 11 months, he became the youngest person ever to command a Space Shuttle vehicle.

Kent Rominger

Kent Rominger

Status: Retired
8/7/1956 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 10/20/1995
Last Flight: 4/19/2001

Kent Vernon "Rommel" Rominger is an American former astronaut, former NASA Chief of the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center, and a Captain in the United States Navy. Rominger holds the Space Shuttle Orbiter flight time record with 1610 hours on type. He joined ATK Launch Systems Group in 2006 as Vice President of Advanced Programs.

Catherine Coleman

Catherine Coleman

Status: Retired
12/14/1960 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 10/20/1995
Last Flight: 12/15/2010

Catherine Grace "Cady" Coleman is an American chemist, a former United States Air Force officer, and a former NASA astronaut. She is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, and departed the International Space Station on May 23, 2011, as a crew member of Expedition 27 after logging 159 days in space.

Michael López-Alegría

Michael López-Alegría

Status: Active
5/30/1958 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private
First Flight: 10/20/1995
Last Flight: 4/8/2022

Michael López-Alegría is a Spanish-American astronaut; a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions and one International Space Station mission. He is known for having performed ten spacewalks so far in his career, presently holding the second longest all-time EVA duration record and having the third longest spaceflight of any American at the length of 215 days; this time was spent on board the ISS from September 18, 2006 to April 21, 2007.

Frederick W. Leslie

Frederick W. Leslie

Status: Retired
12/19/1951 -
Nationality: American
Type: Payload Specialist
First Flight: 10/20/1995
Last Flight: 10/20/1995

Fred Weldon Leslie is an American scientist who flew on the NASA STS-73 Space Shuttle mission as a payload specialist.

Albert Sacco

Albert Sacco

Status: Retired
5/3/1949 -
Nationality: American
Type: Payload Specialist
First Flight: 10/20/1995
Last Flight: 10/20/1995

Albert Sacco Jr. (born May 3, 1949) is an American chemical engineer who flew as a Payload Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia on shuttle mission STS-73 in 1995.

Mission

STS-73

STS-73 was a Space Shuttle program mission, during October–November 1995, on board the space shuttle Columbia. The mission was the second mission for the United States Microgravity Laboratory. The crew, who spent 16 days in space, were broken up into 2 teams, the red team and the blue team. The mission also included several Detailed Test Objectives or DTO’s.

Mission patch for STS-73

Location

Launch Complex 39B

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

215 rockets have launched from Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 39B, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 – United Space Alliance

  • Family: Space Shuttle
  • Length: 38.1 m
  • Diameter: 8.4 m
  • Launch Mass: 2040 T
  • Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 24400 kg

The Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 was manufactured by United Space Alliance with the first launch on 1981-04-12. Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 has 29 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 30 launches. 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.

Agency

Lockheed Martin Space Operations – LMSO

  • Type: Commercial
  • Abbreviation: LMSO
  • Country: USA
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