Air-to-air view of STS-32 Columbia, OV-102, lift-off and SRB separation
AKA: Columbia;STS-32R. Launched: 1990-01-09. Returned: 1990-01-20. Number crew: 5 . Duration: 10.88 days.
Payloads: Deployment of Syncom IV-5, retrieval of Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF), Fluids Experiment Apparatus (FEA)-3, Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) III-2, Latitude/Longitude Locator (L3), American Flight Echocardiograph (AFE), Characterization of Neurospora Circadian Rhythms in Space (CNCR)-01, Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS)-4, Mesoscale Lightning Experiment (MLE), IMAX, Interim Operational Contamination Monitor (IOCM).
Orbits of Earth: 171. Distance traveled: 7,258,096 km. Orbiter Liftoff Mass: 116,116 kg. Orbiter Mass at Landing: 103,569 kg. Payload to Orbit: 12,014 kg. Payload Returned: 9,703 kg. Landed at: Concrete runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Landing Speed: 383 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 569 m. Landing Rollout: 3,270 m.
NASA Official Mission Narrative
Mission Name: STS-32 (33)
Pad 39-A (37)
33rd Shuttle mission
9th Flight OV-102
3rd Night landing
1st use MLP-3 for Shuttle
Daniel C. Brandenstein (3), Commander
James D. Wetherbee (1), Pilot
Bonnie J. Dunbar (2), Mission Specialist 1
G. David Low (1), Mission Specialist 2
Marsha S. Ivins (1), Mission Specialist 3
OPF - Aug. 22, 1989
VAB - Oct. 16,1989
PAD - Nov. 28,1989
January 9,1990,7:35:00 a.m. EST. Launch scheduled for Dec. 18, 1989, postponed to complete and verify modifications to Pad A, being used for first time since January 1986. Launch Jan. 8, 1990 scrubbed due to weather conditions. Launch Weight: 255,994 lbs.
Inclination: 28.5 degrees
Duration: 10 days, 21 hours, 0 minutes, 36 seconds.
Distance: 4,509,972 miles
ET : 32/LWT-25
MLP : 3
January 20, 1990, 1:35:37 a.m. PST, Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Rollout distance: 10,731 feet. Rollout time: 62 seconds. Longest Space Shuttle flight to date. Orbiter returned to KSC Jan. 26, 1990. Landing Weight: 228,335 lbs.
Objectives were deployment of SYNCOM IV-F5 defense communications satellite and retrieval of NASA's Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF). SYNCOM IV-F5 (also known as LEASAT 5) deployed first, and third stage Minuteman solid perigee kick motor propelled satellite to geosynchronous orbit. LDEF retrieved on flight day four using remote manipulator system. Middeck payloads: Characterization of Neurospora Circadian Rhythms (CNCR); Protein Crystal Growth (PCG); Fluid Experiment Apparatus (FEA); American Flight Echocardiograph (AFE); Latitude /Longitude Locator (L3); Mesoscale Lightning Experiment(MLE); IMAX camera; and Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) experiment.
SYNCOM IV-5 satellite drifts over cloud-covered Earth after STS-32 deployment
LDEF Retrieval over the Namib Desert, Namibia, Africa
LDEF positioned by RMS over OV-102's payload during STS-32 retrieval
STS-32 crewmembers, wearing thermal underwear, line up on OV-102's middeck
STS-32 photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, film magazines) on flight deck
STS-32 Mission Specialist Ivins is surrounded by cameras on aft flight deck
STS-32 MS Dunbar with fluids experiment apparatus (FEA) on OV-102's middeck
STS-32 view of the moon setting over the Earth's limb
Christmas Island, Line Island Group, Pacific Ocean
LDEF grappled by remote manipulator system (RMS) during STS-32 retrieval
Manned five crew. Deployed Leasat 5, retrieved LDEF. Night landing. Payloads: Deployment of Syncom IV-5, retrieval of Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF), Fluids Experiment Apparatus (FEA)-3, Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) III-2, Latitude/Longitude Locator (L3), American Flight Echocardiograph (AFE), Characterization of Neurospora Circadian Rhythms in Space (CNCR)-01, Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS)-4, Mesoscale Lightning Experiment (MLE), IMAX, Interim Operational Contamination Monitor (lOCM).
"Let It Snow" Parody with a message to the crew in the lyrics of"Bring her home" meaning the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF). Written and recorded by"The Prox Ops Boys", Dave Thompson, Mark Schrock, Brian Bertrand, Steve Walker, Ted Rickerl, and Greg Schrage. From the Mission Operations Directorate's Orbit Dynamics (aka Prox Ops) Office
"Notre Dame Victory March" for pilot Jim Wetherbee, graduate of Notre Dame. Sung by quartet of JSC Mission Operations Directorate personnel, all Notre Dame graduates ( Lead: Mark Ferring, class of '80. Tenor: Chris McKenna, class of '84. Baritone: Pete Hasbrook, class of '85. Bass: Fisher Reynolds, class of '82) CAPCOM: Ken Bowersox
"Danny Boy" - part of a three-part wakeup call in honor of Shuttle Commander Dan Brandenstein's 47th birthday including: a trombone and piano ensemble playing"Danny Boy" performed by Martin and Radomski; Boston Celtics basketball forward Larry Bird offering congratulations to the crew and birthday wishes to Brandenstein; and Astronaut Office personnel singing"Happy Birthday".