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STS 45



The Space Shuttle ``Atlantis'' was a ten day mission primarily to operate the Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science 1 (ATLAS 1) payload. ATLAS 1 (see entry) consisted of twelve instruments and thirteen experiments to study the Sun and Earth's atmosphere. Several more ATLAS flights are planned for studying solar inputs and atmospheric responses over an eleven year solar cycle. Additional payloads on the shuttle included the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SSBUV) (its fourth shuttle flight), and several Get Away Specials (GAS). Science experiment payloads included Space Tissue Loss (STL 1), an Investigations into Polymer Membrane Processing (IPMP) Experiment, the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment II (SAREX II), Visual Function Tester (VFT 2), Radiation Monitoring Equipment III (RME III), and the Cloud Logic to Optimize Use of Defense Systems (CLOUDS-1A) Experiment. The Shuttle flight carried a crew of seven, including three mission specialists and two payload specialists.

Alternate Names

  • 21915
  • STS45

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1992-03-24
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 8020 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)


  • Space Physics
  • Solar Physics
  • Human Crew
  • Astronomy

Additional Information

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

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