Autographed Photo of the Entire NASA STS-29 Crew!

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  • Sold Date: Apr 24,2008
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This is a 8x10 photo autographed by the entire NASA STS-29 crew - Mike Coats (Commander), John Blaha (Pilot), James Bagian (Mission Specialist), Robert Springer (Mission Specialist), and James Buchli (Mission Specialist). The signatures are authentic (I guarantee it). The item is in excellent condition.

STS-29 was a Space Shuttle Discovery mission to insert a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) into Earth's orbit. It was the third mission after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster , and launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on March 13, 1989.

The Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Pad B, Launch Complex 39, KSC, at 9:57 a.m. EST on March 13, 1989. Launch was originally scheduled for February 18, but was postponed to allow for replacement of suspect liquid oxygen turbopumps on the three main engines. The new target date of March 11 could not be made because of the failure of a master event controller when it was powered up during prelaunch checkout. The controller was replaced. On the rescheduled launch day of March 13, liftoff was held at T-9 minutes for nearly two hours because of ground fog and high upper winds. A waiver was approved for orbiter wing loads. This was the eighth flight of Discovery and the 28th Space Shuttle mission.

The primary payload was the third and final component of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) constellation in geosynchronous orbit. The three on-orbit satellites were stationed over the equator at about 22,300 miles above Earth; two of them 130 degrees apart and a third located between them as an on-orbit spare.

Landing occurred March 18, 1989, on orbit 80, one orbit earlier than planned, in order to avoid possible excessive wind buildup expected at the landing site. Touchdown was on Runway 22 at Edwards AFB, CA, at 9:35 a.m. EST. Total mission elapsed time was 4 days, 23 hours, and 39 minutes.

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