|Begin:||August 8, 1989, 12:37:00 UTC|
|Starting place:||Kennedy Space Center , LC-39B|
|Landing:||August 13, 1989, 13:37:08 UTC|
|Landing place:||Edwards Air Force Base , Runway 17|
|Flight duration:||5d 1h 0m 8s|
|Track height:||306 km|
|Orbit inclination :||57.0 °|
|Covered track:||3.3 million km|
v. l. No. Richard Richards, Mark Brown, Brewster Shaw, James Adamson, David Leestma
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STS-28 ( english S pace T ransportation S ystem ) is a mission designation for the US Space Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) NASA . The start of the 30th space shuttle mission took place on August 8, 1989. It was the eighth flight of the Columbia space shuttle.
- Brewster Shaw (3rd space flight), commander
- Richard Richards (1st space flight), pilot
- James Adamson (1st spaceflight), mission specialist
- David Leestma (2nd spaceflight), mission specialist
- Mark Brown (1st spaceflight), mission specialist
The mission started as scheduled on August 8, 1989. The Columbia space shuttle began its first flight since the Challenger disaster in January 1986. STS-28 was the fourth mission on behalf of the US Department of Defense and its purpose was therefore subject to confidentiality.
Two military satellites were deployed during the flight. One could have been a communications satellite within the Satellite Data System (SDS).
The landing took place on August 13, 1989 at Edwards Air Force Base in California . During the re-entry into the atmosphere, unexpectedly high temperatures were measured on the heat shield. The reason for this was probably protruding filler strips.