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STS-2

STS-2 [Flight # 2]12-14 November 1981Columbia [2]

Crew:
    Joseph Engle [4], Commander
    Richard Truly [1], Pilot

Launch:
    Pad: 39-A [2]
    Date: 12 November 1981
    Time: 15:09:59 UTC

Orbit:
    Altitude: 157 nm
    Inclination: 38 degrees
    Orbits: 37
    Duration: 2 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes, 12 seconds
    Distance: 1,074,567 miles

Landing:
    Location: Runway 23, Edwards Air Force Base, CA [2]
    Date: 14 November 1981
    Time: 21:23:11 UTC
    Rollout: 53 seconds (2,350 meters, 7,711 feet)

Backup Crew:
    Thomas Mattingly, Commander
    Henry Hartsfield, Pilot

Highlights:
    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).

 


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