STS-51G Fact Sheet
By Cliff Lethbridge
STS-51G — Discovery
18th Space Shuttle Mission
5th Flight of Discovery
Daniel C. Brandenstein, Commander
John O. Creighton, Pilot
Shannon W. Lucid, Mission Specialist
Steven R. Nagel, Mission Specialist
John M. Fabian, Mission Specialist
Patrick Baudry, Payload Specialist
Sultan Salman Al-Saud, Payload Specialist
Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility – April 19, 1985
Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – May 29, 1985
Rollout to Launch Pad 39A – June 4, 1985
June 17, 1985 – 7:33:00 EDT. Launch occurred as scheduled with no delays.
June 24, 1985 – 6:11:52 a.m. PDT at Runway 23, Edwards Air Force Base, California. Rollout distance was 7,433 feet. Rollout time was 42 seconds. Mission duration was 7 days, 1 hour, 38 minutes, 52 seconds. Landing occurred during the 112th orbit.
The crew included French and Saudi Arabian astronauts in the first Shuttle flight employing astronauts from three nations. Three communications satellites, all attached to PAM-D solid rocket motors, were deployed. These included MORELOS-A for Mexico, ARABSAT-A for the Arab Satellite Communications Organization and TELSTAR-3D for A,T&T.
Other payloads included the deployable/retrievable Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy-1 (SPARTAN-1), six GAS experiments, Strategic Defense Initiative High Precision Tracking Experiment (HPTE), a materials processing furnace called Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (ADSF) and two French biomedical experiments.
SELECTED NASA PHOTOS FROM STS-51G