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STS 67


Launch id 95007
Launch date 2 Mar 1995 at 06:38:14 UT
Launch site Cape Canaveral LC39A
Type Endeavour #08
Crew Steve Oswald (commander)
William Gregory (pilot, KC5MGA)
Tamara Jernigan (payload commander, KC5MGF)
Wendy Lawrence (mission specialist)
John Grunsfeld (mission specialist)
Ron Parise (payload specialist, Computer Sciences Corp.)
Sam Durrance (Johns Hopkins University)
Landing date 18 Mar 1995 at 21:47:00 UT
Landing site Edwards

Ultraviolet Astronomy (ASTRO 2) mission

New endurance record: 16 days 15 hours 9 min 46 s

School groups in 26 places around the world made voice contacts with the STS 67 crew as part of the Shuttle Amateur Radio EXperiment (SAREX) component of this mission.

Astro 2 is a Spacelab mission, using two Spacelab Pallets with the Spacelab Igloo avionics container and the IPS instrument pointing system. Mounted on the IPS are three ultraviolet telescopes. The 0.9-m Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope (HUT) takes spectra in the 900 to 1900 Angstrom short wavelength UV range and the 500 to 900 A extreme ultraviolet range. The 0.5m Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment (WUPPE) telescope studies spectra in the longer wavelength 1400-3200A ultraviolet range. The 0.38m Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UIT) is a wide-field (0.6 degree) imaging telescope which uses ultraviolet-sensitive film.
Also in the cargo bay are the Extended Duration Orbiter (EDO) pallet and two Getaway Special (GAS) cans (G-387/G-388) which constitute the Endeavour Telescope, a project of the Australian Space Office. The 0.1m telescope takes a narrow-band, 2-degree wide-field ultraviolet image. Unlike UIT, it uses CCDs rather than film. The Australian Endeavour telescope first flew (as G-609/G-610) aboard Discovery in Jan 1992, but failed to work correctly. On that mission it was attached to a cross-bay GAS Bridge Assembly (GBA) with other GAS cans; this time the cans are mounted on a GAS Beam Adapter (GABA) on the side of the payload bay wall.

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