STS-33 Fact Sheet
By Cliff Lethbridge
STS-33 — Discovery
32nd Space Shuttle Mission
9th Flight of Discovery
Frederick D. Gregory, Commander
John E. Blaha, Pilot
F. Story Musgrave, Mission Specialist
Kathryn C. Thornton, Mission Specialist
Manley L. Carter, Jr., Mission Specialist
Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility – August 20, 1989
Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – October 5, 1989
Rollout to Launch Pad 39B – October 27, 1989
November 22, 1989 – 7:23:30 p.m. EST. November 20, 1989 launch attempt was rescheduled to allow changeout of suspect integrated electronics assemblies on Discovery’s two solid rocket boosters. November 22 launch time was not made public until T-9 minutes and counting.
November 27, 1989 – 4:30:18 p.m. PST at Runway 4, Edwards Air Force Base, California. Rollout distance was 7,764 feet. Rollout time was 46 seconds. Mission duration was 5 days, 0 hours, 6 minutes, 48 seconds. Landing occurred during the 79th orbit.
This was the fifth dedicated Department of Defense mission in the Space Shuttle program. Mission elements were kept secret.
SELECTED NASA PHOTOS FROM STS-33