NASA Logo, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive Header




STS 51-G was the fifth Discovery shuttle flight. On board were Daniel Brandenstein, John Creighton, Shannon Lucid, John Fabian, Steven Nagel, Patrick Baudry (from France) and Prince Sultan Salman Al-Saud (from Saudi Arabia). Deployed during the mission were the Morelos (Mexico), Arabsat (ASCO), and Telstar (AT&T) satellites. The Spartan 1 spacecraft was deployed and retrieved. Also flown: deployable/retrievable Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN-1); six Get Away Special canisters; Strategic Defense Initiative experiment called the High Precision Tracking Experiment (HPTE); a materials processing furnace called Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (ADSF); and two French biomedical experiments.

The mission duration was 169 hours 38 minutes 52 seconds.

Alternate Names

  • 15823
  • Space Transport Sys 51G
  • STS 18
  • STS51G

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1985-06-17
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 20148 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

[] NASA Logo -