STS-27 Fact Sheet

By Cliff Lethbridge

STS-27 — Atlantis

27th Space Shuttle Mission

3rd Flight of Atlantis


Robert L. Gibson, Commander

Guy S. Gardner, Pilot

Richard M. Mullane, Mission Specialist

Jerry L. Ross, Mission Specialist

William M. Shepherd, Mission Specialist

Orbiter Preparations:

Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility – March 20, 1987

Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – October 22, 1988

Rollout to Launch Pad 39B – November 2, 1988


December 2, 1988 – 9:30:34 a.m. EST. Launch was originally set for December 1, 1988 but was postponed due to unacceptable cloud cover and wind conditions. December 2 launch time was not made public until T-9 minutes and counting.


December 6, 1988 – 3:36:11 p.m. PST at Runway 17, Edwards Air Force Base, California. Rollout distance was 7,123 feet. Rollout time was 43 seconds. Mission duration was 4 days, 9 hours, 5 minutes, 37 seconds. Landing occurred during the 69th orbit.

Mission Summary:

This was the third dedicated Department of Defense mission in the Space Shuttle program. Mission elements were kept secret.