STS-36 Fact Sheet
By Cliff Lethbridge
STS-36 — Atlantis
34th Space Shuttle Mission
6th Flight of Atlantis
John O. Creighton, Commander
John S. Casper, Pilot
David C. Hilmers, Mission Specialist
Richard M. Mullane, Mission Specialist
Pierre J. Thuot, Mission Specialist
Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility – October 30, 1989
Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – January 19, 1990
Rollout to Launch Pad 39A – January 25, 1990
February 28, 1990 – 2:50:22 a.m. EST. Launch was originally set for February 22, 1990 but was postponed to February 23, 24 and 25 due to the crew commander’s flu combined with marginal weather conditions.
This was the first time since Apollo 13 in 1970 that an illness affected a U.S. manned space mission. However, Apollo 13 involved the replacement of a crew member. STS-36 Commander John O. Creighton flew the mission upon his recovery.
Launch attempt on February 25, 1990 was scrubbed due to the malfunction of a range safety computer. February 26, 1990 launch attempt was scrubbed due to poor weather. February 28 launch time was not made public until T-9 minutes and counting.
March 4, 1990 – 10:08:44 a.m. PST at Runway 23, Edwards Air Force Base, California. Rollout distance was 7,900 feet. Rollout time was 53 seconds. Mission duration was 4 days, 10 hours, 18 minutes, 22 seconds. Landing occurred during the 72nd orbit.
This was the sixth dedicated Department of Defense mission in the Space Shuttle program. Mission elements were kept secret.
SELECTED NASA PHOTOS FROM STS-36