Launch from Cape Canaveral (KSC
landing on Edwards AFB
This mission was the second testflight
of the Space Shuttle. A first launch attempt had to be delayed due of technical
problems and bad weather.
Columbia carried out several scientific
experiments including tests with the "Shuttle Imaging Radar" and of the 50-foot
remote manipulator arm in space. The planned five day mission was cut, because
fuel cell number one failed (producing eletricity and drinking water). 90 % of
mission objectives were achieved. Good results of the
-1 (Office of Space and Terrestical
Applications-1) Earth observation experiment, which was mounted in the Spacelab
pallet in the payload bay, were brought back to the Earth.