Launch from Cape Canaveral (KSC
landing on Edwards AFB
The launch was originally targeted for
October 12, 1989. Liftoff was rescheduled for October 17, 1989 to replace a
faulty main engine controller for Space Shuttle Main Engine No. 2. It was
postponed again until October 18, 1989 because of rainshowers at Cape Canaveral
(Return To Launch Site (RTLS)).
Primary payload was the Galileo/Jupiter
spacecraft (start of a very succesful Galileo mission). Experiments in the
areas of geophysics, chemistry, medicine and technical-optics were performed.
Five middeck experiments were onboard, including the Polymer Morphology
(PM) experiment, sponsored by the 3M Company. Other experiments in the areas of
geophysics, chemistry, medicine and technical optics were done. In the cabin,
the crew operated the
(70-millimeter) camera, last flown on STS-29
in March. The movie "The Wild Blue Yonder" by director
Werner Herzog features footage recorded on the flight.