- COLUMBIA (3)
- Pad 39-A (15)
- 3rd Shuttle mission
- 3rd Flight OV-102
- Extended mission
- 2nd RMS Mission
- 1st White Sands landing
- Jack R. Lousma (2), Commander
- C. Gordon Fullerton (1), Pilot
(after STS-3, backup crews were no longer
- Thomas K. Mattingly (1), Commander
- Henry W. Hartsfield (0), Jr., Pilot
- OPF - Nov. 26,1981
- VAB - Feb. 3, 1982
- PAD - Feb, 16, 1982
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- Demonstrate safe re-launch and safe return of the orbiter and crew.
Verify the combined performance of the entire shuttle vehicle - orbiter,
solid rocket boosters and external tank.
- Payloads included the 8,740lb Office of Space Science (OSS-1) Pallet
consisting of the Plant Lignification Experiment, the Plasma Diagnostic
Package (PDP), the Vehical Charging and Potential (VCAP) experiment,
the Space Shuttle Induced Atmosphere experiment, the Thermal Canister
experiment, the Solar Flare X-Ray Polarimeter, the Solar Ultraviolet
and Spectral Irradiance Monitor (SUSIM), the Contamination Monitor
Package and the Foil Microabrasion Package. Also in the payload bay
was the 11,048lb Development Flight Instrumentation (DFI) Pallet and
the 448lb Aerodynamic Coefficient Identification Package (ACIP).
- The crew compartment housed the Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR)
experiment and the Heflex Bioengineering Test (HBT) experiment.
- March 22, 1982, 11:00:00 a.m. EST. Launch delayed one hour
due to failure of heater on nitrogen gas ground support line.
Launch Weight: 235,415 lbs.
- Altitude: 147nm
- Inclination: 38.0 degrees
- Orbits: 130
- Duration: Eight days, zero hours. four minutes, 46 seconds.
- Distance: 3,334,904 miles
- SRB: BI-003
- SRM: 003SW(SPM)
- ET : 4/SWT-3
- MLP: 1
- SSME-1: SN-2007
- SSME-2: SN-2006
- SSME-3: SN-2005
- March 30, 1982,9:04:46 a.m. MST, Runway 17, Northrup Strip,
White Sands, N.M. Rollout distance: 13,737 feet. Rollout time: 84
seconds. Landing site changed from Edwards to White Sands due to
wet conditions on Edwards dry lake bed landing site. High winds at
White Sands resulted in one day extension of mission, Some brake damage
upon landing and dust storm caused extensive contamination of orbiter.
Orbiter returned to KSC April 6, 1982. Landing Weight: 207,072 lbs.
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- Testing continued of Space Shuttle systems for qualification for
operational flights. Testing of remote manipulator system and
measurements of thermal response of orbiter in various attitudes to
sun conducted. Get Away Special test canister and Spacelab
pallet-mounted experiments for NASA's Office of Space Science-
1 (OSS-1) carried in payload bay. 0SS-1 obtained data on near-
Earth space environment, including contamination (gases, dust,
etc.) introduced into space by orbiter itself. Other experiments:
Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR), Electrophoresis Equipment
Verification Test (EEVT), Heflex Bioengineering Test (HBT) and
first Shuttle Student Involvement Program (SSIP) experiment.
Problems encountered: space sickness, malfunctioning toilet, thermostat
difficulty and unexplained static interfering with crew sleep.
Auxiliary power unit registered overheating during ascent, but
functioned properly during descent. Three communications links
Last Updated Friday June 29 11:21:02 EDT 2001
Jim Dumoulin (firstname.lastname@example.org)