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STS 48



STS 48 was the thirteenth Discovery flight. On board were Astronauts John Creighton, Kenneth Reightler, Mark Brown, James Buchli, and Charles Gemar. The mid-deck payload consisted of the Physiological and Anatomical Rodent Experiment (PARE) wad the Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) experiment. The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) was launched to study physical processes acting within and upon the stratosphere, mesosphere, and lower thermosphere. Discovery landed in California on September 18, 1991. The mission duration was 128 hours, 27 minutes, 51 seconds.

Alternate Names

  • 21700
  • STS48

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1991-09-12
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 7854 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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