Carried TSS-1R tether satellite; satellite tether broke during deployment, making TSS-1R an unintentional free flyer
Payloads: Tethered Satellite System (TSS) Reflight (1R); Orbital Acceleration Research Experiment (OARE) (part of United States Microgravity Payload 3); USMP-3; Commercial Protein Crystal Growth (CPCG) 09, Block IV; Middeck Glovebox Experiment (MGBX) (part of USMP-3). During the deployment of TSS, the tether broke and the satellite was lost.
Orbits of Earth: 252. Distance traveled: 10,460,735 km. Orbiter Liftoff Mass: 118,610 kg. Payload to Orbit: 10,592 kg. Landed at: Concrete runway 33 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. References: 4 , 6 , 7 , 276 .