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STS-45 payload.jpg
Experiments in Atlantis' payload bay
Mission type Research
Operator NASA
COSPAR ID 1992-015A
SATCAT № 21915
Mission duration 8 days, 22 hours, 9 minutes, 28 seconds
Distance travelled 5,211,340 kilometers (3,238,180 mi)
Orbits completed 143
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Space Shuttle Atlantis
Landing mass 93,009 kilograms (205,050 lb)
Payload mass 9,947 kilograms (21,929 lb)
Crew size 7
Members Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
Brian Duffy
Kathryn D. Sullivan
David C. Leestma
Michael Foale
Dirk Frimout
Byron K. Lichtenberg
Start of mission
Launch date 24 March 1992, 13:13:39 (1992-03-24UTC13:13:39Z) UTC
Launch site Kennedy LC-39A
End of mission
Landing date 2 April 1992, 11:23 (1992-04-02UTC11:24Z) UTC
Landing site Kennedy SLF Runway 33
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 282 kilometres (175 mi)
Apogee 294 kilometres (183 mi)
Inclination 57.0 degrees
Period 90.3 min

Sts-45 crew.jpg
Left to right - Seated: Duffy, Bolden; Standing: Lichtenberg, Foale, Leestma, Sullivan, Frimout

Space Shuttle program
← STS-42 STS-49

STS-45 was a 1992 Space Shuttle mission using the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Its almost nine day scientific mission was with a non-deployable payload of instruments. It was the 46th Space Shuttle mission and the 11th for Atlantis.


Position Astronaut
Commander Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Member of Blue Team
Third spaceflight
Pilot Brian Duffy Member of Blue Team
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 Kathryn D. Sullivan Member of Blue Team
Third spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 David C. Leestma Member of Red Team
Third spaceflight
Mission Specialist 3 Michael Foale Member of Red Team
First spaceflight
Payload Specialist 1 Dirk Frimout Member of Blue Team, ESA
First spaceflight
Payload Specialist 2 Byron K. Lichtenberg Member of Red Team
Second spaceflight

Backup crew

Position Astronaut
Payload Specialist 1 Michael Lampton
First spaceflight
Payload Specialist 2 Charles R. Chappell
First spaceflight

Crew seating arrangements

Seat[1] Launch Landing STS-121 seating assignments.png
Seats 1–4 are on the Flight Deck. Seats 5–7 are on the Middeck.
S1 Bolden Bolden
S2 Duffy Duffy
S3 Sullivan Foale
S4 Leestma Leestma
S5 Foale Sullivan
S6 Frimout Frimout
S7 Lichtenberg Lichtenberg

Mission highlights

Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at the conclusion of STS-45 mission.

Atlantis was launched on 24 March 1992, at 8:13 am EST. The launch was originally scheduled for 23 March, but was delayed by one day because of higher-than-allowable concentrations of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen in the orbiter's aft compartment during tanking operations. During troubleshooting, the leaks could not be reproduced, leading engineers to believe that they were the result of plumbing in the main propulsion system not thermally conditioned to the cryogenic propellants; the launch was rescheduled for 24 March. Atlantis weighed 105,982 kilograms (233,650 lb) at launch.

STS-45 carried the first Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS-1) experiments, placed on Spacelab pallets mounted in the orbiter's payload bay. The non-deployable payload, equipped with 12 instruments from the United States, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Japan, conducted studies in atmospheric chemistry, solar radiation, space plasma physics and ultraviolet astronomy. ATLAS-1 instruments included the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS); Grille Spectrometer; Millimeter Wave Atmospheric Sounder (MAS); Imaging Spectrometric Observatory (ISO); Atmospheric Lyman-Alpha Emissions (ALAE); Atmospheric Emissions Photometric Imager (AEPI); Space Experiments with Particle Accelerators (SEPAC); Active Cavity Radiometer (ACR); Measurement of Solar Constant (SOLCON); Solar Spectrum (SOLSPEC); Solar Ultraviolet Spectral Irradiance Monitor (SUSIM); and Far Ultraviolet Space Telescope (FAUST). Other payloads included the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SSBUV) experiment, a Get Away Special (GAS) experiment and six mid-deck experiments.

The mission was extended by a day in order to continue science experiments. The landing occurred on 2 April 1992, 6:23 am EST, on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility, located at the Kennedy Space Center. The rollout distance was 2,812 metres (9,226 ft) and Atlantis weighed 93,005 kilograms (205,041 lb) on landing.

See also

Stock Footage

Stock footage from the launch of this mission was used in the Chucklevision episode Kidnapped.


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


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