|STS-9 [Flight # 9]||28 November - 8 December 1983||Columbia |
John Young , Commander
Brewster Shaw , Pilot
Owen Garriott , Mission Specialist
Robert Parker , Mission Specialist
Bryon Lichtenberg , Payload Specialist
Ulf Merbold , Payload Specialist (Germany)
Pad: 39-A 
Date: 28 November 1983
Time: 16:00:00 UTC
Altitude: 155 nm
Inclination: 57 degrees
Duration: 10 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes, 24 seconds
Distance: 4,295,853 miles
Location: Runway 17, Edwards Air Force Base, CA 
Date: 8 December 1983
Time: 23:47:24 UTC
Rollout: 53 seconds (2,577 meters, 8,456 feet)
Ulf Merbold was first astronaut to fly representing the European Space Agency (ESA). There were 73 separate experiments in a wide variety of disciplines in the Spacelab habitable module (LM1).
A hydrazine leak likely occurred while in orbit. It froze until re-entry when it thawed and started a fire. After the shuttle had landed, there was an explosion. No one knew about the incident until the next day during an inspection of the shuttle.
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