This Day in History: March 24, 1992: STS-45 Space Shuttle Mission Launched

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

The forty-sixth manned Space Shuttle mission blasted off from Florida into Earth orbit on this day in history.

STS-45 would be the 11th manned flight for the space shuttle orbiter Atlantis. After a one-day delay due to a technical issue, the shuttle blasted off from Cape Canaveral on March 24th, 1992. The mission had a crew of seven, including the commander, pilot, three mission specialists and two payload specialists.

The payload of STS-45 included the Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science, or ATLAS, payload in its cargo bay. ATLAS included a variety of scientific instruments and experiments from several different countries. These experiments studied radiation, astronomy, chemistry and more.

The eight-day mission was a success and it landed safely in Florida on April 2nd, 1992.

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