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30th Shuttle flight and 8th flight of Columbia

1st flight of Columbia in the wake of the Challenger disaster and

1st fully classified Department of Defense mission on board

Columbia

8 August 1989 at 12:37:00 pm GMT from Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Classified Department of Defense payload, probably a second-generation Satellite Data Systems (SDS)-B military communications satellite, plus a lighter 'ferret' satellite, Cosmic Ray Upset Experiment (CRUX), Heavy Ion Environment at Low Altitudes (HIEN-LO) and Cloud Logic to Optimise the Use of Defence Systems (CLOUDS) 305 km 57 degrees

13 August 1989 at 1:37:08 pm GMT on Runway 17 at Edwards Air Force Base in California 3,380,000 km 80

5 days, 1 hour, 0 minutes and 8 seconds

Col Brewster Hopkinson Shaw Jr, 44, US Air Force, commander Cdr Richard Noel Richards, 42, US Navy, pilot Lt-Col James Craig Adamson, 43, US Army, mission specialist 1 Cdr David Cornell Leestma, 40, US Navy, mission specialist 2 Maj Mark Neil Brown, 37, US Air Force, mission specialist 3

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