Launch from Cape Canaveral (KSC
landing on Edwards AFB
Successful deploying of communications
satellites Anik C-2/Telesat-7 (Canada) and Palapa B-1 (Indonesia) on the first
both flight days were performed. In this mission the first deployment and
retrieval exercise with the Shuttle Pallet Satellite
(Germany) including 10 experiments was done.
became first American woman to fly in space. It was first mission with a crew
of five persons.
This mission also carried seven GAS canisters which
contained a wide variety of experiments, as well as the
-2 payload, a joint U.S.-West German scientific
pallet payload. Among these experiments was an experiment with ants.
Electrophoresis experiments and Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR
experiments were also performed.
STS-7 was scheduled to make the first
Shuttle landing at the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, but bad
weather conditions forced a change again to Edwards