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STS-68

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Low Earth Orbit Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

STS-68 was a human spaceflight mission using Space Shuttle Endeavour that launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on 30 September 1994.

Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105

Family: Space Shuttle
Configuration: OV-105

Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-105) is a retired orbiter from NASA's Space Shuttle program and the fifth and final operational Shuttle built. The United States Congress approved the construction of Endeavour in 1987 to replace Challenger, which was destroyed in 1986. Structural spares built during the construction of Discovery and Atlantis were used in its assembly. NASA chose, on cost grounds, to build Endeavour from spares rather than refitting Enterprise or accepting a Rockwell International proposal to build two Shuttles for the price of one.

Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    3
  • Length
    38.1 m
  • Diameter
    8.4 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    2040 T
  • Thrust
    28200 kN
Family
  • Name
    Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105
  • Family
    Space Shuttle
  • Variant
    OV-105
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $450,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    24400 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Space Shuttle Endeavour


In-active Human Rated Crew On-board: 6 Crew Capacity: 7 Payload Capacity: 27500 kg
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Serial Number: OV-105

Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-105) is a retired orbiter from NASA's Space Shuttle program and the fifth and final operational shuttle built. It embarked on its first mission, STS-49, in May 1992 and its 25th and final mission, STS-134, in May 2011. STS-134 was expected to be the final mission of the Space Shuttle program, but with the authorization of STS-135, Atlantis became the last shuttle to fly. The United States Congress approved the construction of Endeavour in 1987 to replace Challenger, which was lost in 1986. Structural spares built during the construction of Discovery and Atlantis were used in its assembly. NASA chose, on cost grounds, to build Endeavour from spares rather than refitting Enterprise.

Space Shuttle Details

Crew


Peter Wisoff

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Aug. 16, 1958
Age: 62

Daniel W. Bursch

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: July 25, 1957
Age: 63

Thomas David Jones

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Jan. 22, 1955
Age: 66

Michael A. Baker

Commander - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Oct. 27, 1953
Age: 67

Terrence W. Wilcutt

Pilot - American - (NASA)

Status: Active

Date of Birth: Oct. 31, 1949
Age: 71

Steven Smith

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Dec. 30, 1958
Age: 62

Lockheed Martin Space Operations

Lockheed Martin Space Operations

(LMSO)

Successes: 25 Failures: 0 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

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