|Begin:||October 6, 1990, 11:47:15 UTC|
|Starting place:||Kennedy Space Center , LC-39B|
|Landing:||October 10, 1990, 13:57:19 UTC|
|Landing place:||Edwards Air Force Base , Runway 22|
|Flight duration:||4d 2h 10m 4s|
|Rotation time :||90.2 min|
|Orbit inclination :||28.4 °|
|Apogee :||303 km|
|Perigee :||280 km|
|Covered track:||2.7 million km|
v. l. No. Bruce Melnick, Robert Cabana, Thomas Akers, Richard Richards, William Shepherd
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STS-41 ( 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 October 6, 1990. It was the 36th space shuttle mission and the 11th flight of the space shuttle Discovery. The main task of this mission was to deploy the ESA space probe Ulysses .
- Richard Richards (2nd space flight), commander
- Robert Cabana (1st space flight), pilot
- William Shepherd (2nd spaceflight), mission specialist
- Bruce Melnick (1st spaceflight), mission specialist
- Thomas Akers (1st spaceflight), mission specialist
The 36th space shuttle mission began on October 6, 1990 with a smooth launch of the space shuttle Discovery. At 19.9 tonnes, the space shuttle's heaviest payload to date, the Ulysses solar probe , was lifted into orbit. Before take-off, there was a very rare opportunity to photograph two space shuttles at once, as the Columbia was being prepared for the STS-35 mission on the neighboring launch pad .
The Ulysses probe could be deployed without any problems six hours after take-off and was later brought by the engines of its upper stage onto an orbit to Jupiter and later to the sun, which it explored until July 1, 2008. After that, the crew carried out various scientific experiments. Among other things, experiments were carried out with flowering plants and flames in weightlessness. In addition, a video was created during the flight for training purposes, with which the fascination for space travel should be aroused in schoolchildren.
The landing took place on October 10th at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Six days later, the orbiter was returned to KSC.
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