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STS 33



STS 33 (Space Transportation System) was the ninth Discovery flight. On board were Commander Frederick Gregory, Pilot John Blaha, mission specialists Manley Carter, Franklin Musgrave, and Kathryn Thornton. This was a classified Department of Defense mission. Discovery's scheduled reentry was postponed from the night of November 26 to the following afternoon due to high winds at the Edwards AFB landing site. Continued strong crosswinds and tailwinds forced an additional one orbit delay and a last minute runway change following the deorbit burn. Mission duration was 120 hours 6 minutes 46 seconds.

Alternate Names

  • 20329
  • STS33

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1989-11-23
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

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

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