STS-42 Fact Sheet
By Cliff Lethbridge
STS-42 — Discovery
45th Space Shuttle Mission
14th Flight of Discovery
Ronald J. Grabe, Commander
Stephen S. Oswald, Pilot
William F. Readdy, Mission Specialist
Norman E. Thagard, Mission Specialist
David C. Hilmers, Mission Specialist
Roberta L. Bondar, Payload Specialist
Ulf D. Merbold, Payload Specialist
Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility – September 27, 1991
Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – December 12, 1991
Rollout to Launch Pad 39A – December 19, 1991
January 22, 1992 – 9:52:33 a.m. EST. Launch was delayed one hour to allow evaluation of KSC field mill (static electricity) indicators and to assess a transient power surge from an orbiter fuel cell.
January 30, 1992 – 8:07:17 a.m. PST at Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base, California. Rollout distance was 9,841 feet. Rollout time was 58 seconds. Mission duration was 8 days, 1 hour, 14 minutes, 44 seconds. Landing occurred during the 129th orbit.
The primary payload was the International Microgravity Laboratory-1 (IML-1) utilizing the pressurized Spacelab module. A host of experiments in life sciences and materials processing sciences were performed.
Secondary payloads included 12 GAS experiments, Gelation of Sols Applied Microgravity Research-1 (GOSAMR-1), IMAX Camera, Investigations Into Polymer Membrane Processing (IPMP), Radiation Monitoring Experiment III (RME III) and two SSIP experiments.
SELECTED NASA PHOTOS FROM STS-42