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On This Day, In 1989

STS-30 Landing

After waking up to the Beetle’s A Hard Day’s Night, the STS-30 crew landed the shuttle Atlantis at Edwards AFB in California. Minutes before landing, the runway had to be switched from 17 to 22 due to high crosswinds. The mission lasted a total of 4 days and 56 minutes.

The mission included launching the first U.S. planetary science mission launched since 1978, the Magellan probe toward Venus. It was the 4th shuttle launch since the Challenger Disaster and the first shuttle mission since the disaster to have a female astronaut on board (Mary Cleave, PhD, PE).

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