|61-B [Flight # 23]||27 November - 3 December 1985||Atlantis |
Brewster Shaw , Commander
Bryan O'Connor , Pilot
Mary Cleave , Mission Specialist
Sherwood Spring , Mission Specialist
Jerry Ross , Mission Specialist
Rodolfo Neri Vela , Payload Specialist (Mexico)
Charles Walker , Payload Specialist
Pad: 39-A 
Date: 27 November 1985
Time: 00:29:00 UTC
Altitude: 225 nm
Inclination: 28.5 degrees
Duration: 6 days, 21 hours, 4 minutes, 49 seconds
Distance: 2,838,972 miles
Location: Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base, CA 
Date: 3 December 1985
Time: 21:33:49 UTC
Rollout: 1 minute, 18 seconds (3,224 meters, 10,759 feet)
Three communications satellites (including one for Australia and one for Mexico) were deployed. Spring and Ross performed two EVA's totaling over 12 hours.
During the launch, erosion of an O-ring on one of the solid rocket boosters caused a blow-by of hot gases. NASA ignored the problem. The same problem two months later on 51-L would result in the loss of the shuttle Challenger and the death of seven astronauts.
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