Eleventh Columbia flight. Carried Astro-1, a Space Shuttle attached payload to acquire high priority astrophysical data on a variety of celestial objects. Landed at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. December 11, 1990. Mission Duration: 215 hours 5 minutes 7 seconds.
Launch Date: December 2, 1990 Launch Vehicle: Columbia Crew: Commander: Vance Brand, Pilot: Guy S. Gardner, Mission Specialists: John M. Lounge, Jeffrey A. Hoffman, Robert A. R. Parker, Payload Specialists: Ronald A. Parise, Samuel T. Durrance