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
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.
This was the third dedicated Department of Defense mission in the Space Shuttle program. Mission elements were kept secret.
SELECTED NASA PHOTOS FROM STS-27