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STS-41-C

Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Robert Crippen

Robert Crippen

Status: Retired
9/11/1937 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 4/12/1981
Last Flight: 10/5/1984

Robert Laurel Crippen is an American retired naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aerospace engineer, and retired astronaut. He traveled into space four times: as Pilot of STS-1 in April 1981, the first Space Shuttle mission; and as Commander of STS-7 in June 1983, STS-41-C in April 1984, and STS-41-G in October 1984. Crippen received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Dick Scobee

Dick Scobee

Status: Lost In Flight
5/19/1939 - 1/28/1986
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 4/6/1984
Last Flight: 1/28/1986

Francis Richard Scobee was an American pilot and astronaut. He was killed commanding the Space Shuttle Challenger, which suffered catastrophic booster failure during launch of the STS-51-L mission.

Terry Hart

Terry Hart

Status: Retired
10/27/1946 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 4/6/1984
Last Flight: 4/6/1984

Terry Jonathan "T.J." Hart is an American mechanical and electrical engineer, a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot, and former NASA astronaut. Hart was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978. He flew as a mission specialist on STS-41-C and logged a total of 168 hours in space.

James van Hoften

James van Hoften

Status: Retired
6/11/1944 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 4/6/1984
Last Flight: 8/27/1985

James Dougal Adrianus "Ox" van Hoften, Ph.D. is an American civil and hydraulic engineer, retired U.S. Navy officer and aviator, and a former astronaut for NASA.

George Nelson

George Nelson

Status: Retired
7/13/1950 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 4/6/1984
Last Flight: 9/29/1988

George Driver "Pinky" Nelson is an American physicist, astronomer, science educator, and a former NASA astronaut.

Mission

STS-41-C

STS-41-C was the eleventh mission of the shuttle program and fifth mission for Space Shuttle Challenger. It marked the first time a shuttle performed a direct ascent. Its mission was to capsule the Solar Max Satellite and repair it whilst in orbit.

Mission patch for STS-41-C

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

211 rockets have launched from Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099 – Lockheed Space Operations Company

Family: Space Shuttle
Length: 38.1 m
Diameter: 8.4 m
Launch Mass: 2040 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 24400 kg

The Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099 was manufactured by Lockheed Space Operations Company with the first launch on 1983-04-04. Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099 has 9 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 10 launches. Space Shuttle Challenger was the second orbiter of NASA’s space shuttle program to be put into service following Columbia. Its maiden flight, STS-6, started on April 4, 1983. It launched and landed nine times before breaking apart 73 seconds into its tenth mission, STS-51-L, on January 28, 1986, resulting in the death of all seven crew members, including a civilian school teacher. It was the first of two shuttles to be destroyed in flight, the other being Columbia in 2003.

Agency

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: LSOC

Country: USA

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