National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102

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Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Successes: 153 Failures: 2 Pending: 2

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Launch Vehicle

Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102

Configuration: OV-102
Family: Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space-rated orbiter in NASA's Space Shuttle fleet. It launched for the first time on mission STS-1 on April 12, 1981, the first flight of the Space Shuttle program. Over 22 years of service it completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry near the end of its 28th mission, STS-107 on February 1, 2003, resulting in the deaths of all seven crew members.



STS-32 was the thirty-third mission of the shuttle program and ninth of Columbia. It was the first use of Launch Pad 39A and also marked the first use of the Mobile Launcher Platform No. 3 (MLP-3) in the shuttle program. This was the longest flight of the shuttle program lasting nearly 11 days. Its primary missions were to deploy a defence 10 satellite and retrieved NASAs Long Duration Exposure Facility.

Launch Window

NET: January 9th 1990 - 12:35 UTC

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Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL




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