Template:Infobox spaceflight STS-45 was a 1992 Space Shuttle mission using the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Its almost nine day scientific mission was with a non-deployable payload of instruments. It was the 46th Space Shuttle mission and the 11th for Atlantis.


Position Astronaut
Commander United States Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Solid blue
Third spaceflight
Pilot United States Brian Duffy Solid blue
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 United States Kathryn D. Sullivan Solid blue
Third spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 United States David C. Leestma Red
Third spaceflight
Mission Specialist 3 United States Michael Foale Red
First spaceflight
Payload Specialist 1 Belgium Dirk Frimout Solid blue, ESA
Only spaceflight
Payload Specialist 2 United States Byron K. Lichtenberg Red
Second spaceflight

Backup crewEdit

Position Astronaut
Payload Specialist 1 United States Michael Lampton
First spaceflight
Payload Specialist 2 United States Charles R. Chappell
First spaceflight

Crew seating arrangementsEdit

Seat[1] Launch Landing STS-121 seating assignments
Seats 1–4 are on the Flight Deck. Seats 5–7 are on the Middeck.
S1 Bolden Bolden
S2 Duffy Duffy
S3 Sullivan Foale
S4 Leestma Leestma
S5 Foale Sullivan
S6 Frimout Frimout
S7 Lichtenberg Lichtenberg

Mission highlightsEdit

STS045 Landing1

Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at the conclusion of STS-45 mission.

Atlantis was launched on 24 March 1992, at 8:13 am EST. The launch was originally scheduled for 23 March, but was delayed by one day because of higher-than-allowable concentrations of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen in the orbiter's aft compartment during tanking operations. During troubleshooting, the leaks could not be reproduced, leading engineers to believe that they were the result of plumbing in the main propulsion system not thermally conditioned to the cryogenic propellants; the launch was rescheduled for 24 March. Atlantis weighed 105,982 kilograms (Template:Convert/round lb) at launch.

STS-45 carried the first Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS-1) experiments, placed on Spacelab pallets mounted in the orbiter's payload bay. The non-deployable payload, equipped with 12 instruments from the United States, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Japan, conducted studies in atmospheric chemistry, solar radiation, space plasma physics and ultraviolet astronomy. ATLAS-1 instruments included the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS); Grille Spectrometer; Millimeter Wave Atmospheric Sounder (MAS); Imaging Spectrometric Observatory (ISO); Atmospheric Lyman-Alpha Emissions (ALAE); Atmospheric Emissions Photometric Imager (AEPI); Space Experiments with Particle Accelerators (SEPAC); Active Cavity Radiometer (ACR); Measurement of Solar Constant (SOLCON); Solar Spectrum (SOLSPEC); Solar Ultraviolet Spectral Irradiance Monitor (SUSIM); and Far Ultraviolet Space Telescope (FAUST). Other payloads included the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SSBUV) experiment, a Get Away Special (GAS) experiment and six mid-deck experiments.

The mission was extended by a day in order to continue science experiments. The landing occurred on 2 April 1992, 6:23 am EST, on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility, located at the Kennedy Space Center. The rollout distance was 2,812 metres (Template:Convert/round ft) and Atlantis weighed 93,005 kilograms (Template:Convert/round lb) on landing.

See alsoEdit

Stock FootageEdit

Stock footage from the launch of this mission was used in the Chucklevision episode Kidnapped.


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  1. "STS-45". Spacefacts. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 

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