This Day in Space History: STS-54 Launched (January 13, 1993)

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

A five-day space shuttle mission to deploy a satellite and more was launched on this day in history.

STS-54 was the third mission for the space shuttle orbiter named Endeavor and launched on January 13th, 1993.

The mission had a crew of five including Commander John Casper, Pilot Donald McMonagle, and three mission specialists: Mario Runco Jr., Gregory Harbaugh, and Susan Helms.

The orbiter carried the Tracking Data and Relay Satellite F (TDRS-F) in its cargo hold. That satellite was successfully put into orbit.

Other experiments took place during the mission including a study of X-Ray radiation, microgravity, bone movements and plant growth.

Endeavor would safely land back on Earth on January 19th, 1993 after nearly a nearly six day mission.

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