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STS-7

Space Shuttle Challenger / OV-099

Rockwell International

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Robert Crippen

Robert Crippen

Commander

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.

Frederick

Frederick "Rick" Hauck

Pilot

Status: Retired
4/11/1941 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/18/1983
Last Flight: 9/29/1988

Frederick Hamilton "Rick" Hauck is a retired Captain in the United States Navy, a former fighter pilot and NASA astronaut. He piloted Space Shuttle mission STS-7 and commanded STS-51-A and STS-26.

John M. Fabian

John M. Fabian

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
1/28/1939 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/18/1983
Last Flight: 6/17/1985

John McCreary Fabian is a former NASA astronaut, Air Force officer, and director who flew two space shuttle missions and on the development of the shuttle's robotic arm. He later led the Air Force's space operations.

Sally Ride

Sally Ride

Mission Specialist

Status: Deceased
5/26/1951 - 7/23/2012
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/18/1983
Last Flight: 10/5/1984

Sally Kristen Ride was an American astronaut, physicist, and engineer. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride was the third woman in space overall, after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova (1963) and Svetlana Savitskaya (1982). Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32. After flying twice on the Orbiter Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then at the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching nonlinear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate in both. Ride died of pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012.

Norman E. Thagard

Norman E. Thagard

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
7/3/1943 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/18/1983
Last Flight: 3/14/1995

Norman Earl Thagard (born July 3, 1943), (Capt, USMC, Ret.), is an American scientist and former U.S. Marine Corps officer and naval aviator and NASA astronaut. He is the first American to ride to space on board a Russian vehicle, and can be considered the first American cosmonaut. He did on this on March 14, 1995, in the Soyuz TM-21 spacecraft for the Russian Mir-18 mission.

Mission

STS-7

Type: Communications

STS-7 was the second mission for the Space Shuttle Challenger. It deployed several satellites into orbit. It was the first mission scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center however it had to divert to Edwards Air Force Base due to bad weather.

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

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

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

Rocket

Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099

Length: 38.1 meters
Diameter: 8.4 meters
First Launch: April 4, 1983

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.

The Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099 rocket has been launched a total of 10 times with 9 successful and 1 failed launches.

Agency

Rockwell International

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: ROI

Country: USA

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