STS -29 (English Space Transportation System) is a mission name for the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery ( OV -103 ) from NASA. The launch took place on 13 March 1989. It was the 28th Space Shuttle mission and the eighth flight of Space Shuttle Discovery.


  • Michael Coats ( second space flight), Commander
  • John Blaha ( first space flight), Pilot
  • James Bagian ( first space flight), Mission Specialist
  • James Buchli ( third space flight), Mission Specialist
  • Robert Springer ( first space flight), Mission Specialist

Mission overview

Originally called start date of 18 February had to be dropped in favor of repairs (including liquid oxygen pumps the main engines ). On launch day itself winds aloft and ground fog were responsible for a delay of 110 minutes.

In addition to performing a variety of experiments, the mission had to suspend the communication satellite TDRS -4. In addition, the astronauts took pictures with a hand-held IMAX camera.

The landing took place on March 18 in Edwards AFB, California. Discovery was transported back six days later by a special aircraft to Cape Canaveral, Florida.