|STS-2 [Flight # 2]||12-14 November 1981||Columbia |
Pad: 39-A 
Date: 12 November 1981
Time: 15:09:59 UTC
Altitude: 157 nm
Inclination: 38 degrees
Duration: 2 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes, 12 seconds
Distance: 1,074,567 miles
Location: Runway 23, Edwards Air Force Base, CA 
Date: 14 November 1981
Time: 21:23:11 UTC
Rollout: 53 seconds (2,350 meters, 7,711 feet)
Modifications to reduce overpressure during launch were successful. No tiles were lost, and only twelve damaged during the flight. However, the flight had to be cut short by 3 days due to the failure of one of the fuel cells.
Earth observation experiments mounted on a Spacelab pallet were performed on this second test flight.
This flight also marked the first flight of the Canadarm Remote Manipulator System (RMS).