|Begin:||November 23, 1989, 12:23:30 UTC|
|Starting place:||Kennedy Space Center , LC-39B|
|Landing:||November 28, 1989, 00:30:18 UTC|
|Landing place:||Edwards Air Force Base , runway 04|
|Flight duration:||5d 0h 6m 49s|
|Track height:||559 km|
|Orbit inclination :||28.45 °|
|Covered track:||3.3 million km|
v. l. No. Kathryn Thornton, Manley Carter, Frederick Gregory, John Blaha, Story Musgrave
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STS-33 ( english S pace T ransportation S ystem ) is a mission designation for the US Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103) of NASA . The launch took place on November 23, 1989. It was the 32nd space shuttle mission and the ninth flight of the space shuttle Discovery.
- Frederick Gregory (2nd space flight), commander
- John Blaha (2nd space flight), pilot
- Story Musgrave (3rd space flight), mission specialist
- Manley Carter (1st spaceflight), mission specialist
- Kathryn Thornton (1st spaceflight), mission specialist
Originally, David Griggs provided as a pilot of the mission, but he came while preparing the crash of his vintage aircraft died and had to be replaced Blaha.
The originally planned start date of November 20 could not be met because parts of the electronics in the solid fuel rocket had to be replaced. For the first time since the Challenger disaster, the shuttle program started again at night.
STS-33 was the fifth mission on behalf of the US Department of Defense . The purpose and achievement of objectives were therefore subject to confidentiality.