STS-51J Fact Sheet
By Cliff Lethbridge
STS-51J — Atlantis
21st Space Shuttle Mission
1st Flight of Atlantis
Karol J. Bobko, Commander
Ronald J. Grabe, Pilot
Robert L. Stewart, Mission Specialist
David C. Hilmers, Mission Specialist
William A. Pailes, Payload Specialist
Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility – April 14, 1985
Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building (for storage) – May 10, 1985
Rollover to Orbiter Processing Facility – May 28, 1985
Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building (for storage) – July 18, 1985
Rollover to Orbiter Processing Facility – July 30, 1985
Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – August 12, 1985
Rollout to Launch Pad 39A – August 30, 1985
October 3, 1985 – 11:15:30 a.m. EDT. Launch was delayed 22 minutes, 30 seconds due to main engine liquid oxygen prevalve close remote power controller showing a faulty “on” indication. Launch time was not made public until T-9 minutes and counting.
October 7, 1985 – 10:00:08 a.m. PDT at Runway 23, Edwards Air Force Base, California. Rollout distance was 8,056 feet. Rollout time was 65 seconds. Mission duration was 4 days, 1 hour, 44 minutes, 38 seconds. Landing occurred during the 64th orbit.
This was the second dedicated flight for the Department of Defense. Mission elements were kept secret.
SELECTED NASA PHOTOS FROM STS-51J