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STS-41

Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Launch Status
Success

Crew

William Shepherd

William Shepherd

Status: Retired
7/26/1949 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 12/2/1988
Last Flight: 10/31/2000

William McMichael "Bill" Shepherd is an American former Navy SEAL, aerospace, ocean, and mechanical engineer, and NASA astronaut who served as Commander of Expedition 1, the first crew on the International Space Station. He is also a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Richard N. Richards

Richard N. Richards

Status: Retired
8/24/1946 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 8/8/1989
Last Flight: 9/9/1994

Richard Noel "Dick" Richards is a retired American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, chemical engineer, and a former NASA astronaut. He flew aboard four Space Shuttle missions in the 1980s and 1990s.

Robert D. Cabana

Robert D. Cabana

Status: Retired
1/23/1949 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 10/6/1990
Last Flight: 12/4/1998

Robert Donald Cabana is the director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, a former NASA astronaut, and a veteran of four Space Shuttle flights. He is also a former naval flight officer and naval aviator in the United States Marine Corps.

Bruce E. Melnick

Bruce E. Melnick

Status: Retired
12/5/1949 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 10/6/1990
Last Flight: 5/7/1992

Bruce Edward Melnick is a former American astronaut and retired United States Coast Guard officer. Following retirement from NASA and the Coast Guard, he entered the aerospace industry. He served as a Vice President with the Boeing Co.'s Integrated Defense Systems group, in charge of Boeing's Florida operations at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Melnick retired in 2008 and currently resides on Merritt Island, Florida.

Thomas Akers

Thomas Akers

Status: Retired
5/20/1951 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 10/6/1990
Last Flight: 9/16/1996

Thomas Dale Akers is a former American astronaut in NASA's Space Shuttle program.

Mission

STS-41

Type: Heliophysics

STS-41 was the eleventh mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The four-day mission with a primary objective the launch the Ulysses probe as part of the International Solar Polar Mission.

Mission patch for STS-41

Location

Launch Complex 39B

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

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

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

Rocket

Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 – United Space Alliance

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

The Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 was manufactured by United Space Alliance with the first launch on 1984-08-30. Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 has 38 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 38 launches. Space Shuttle Discovery is one of the orbiters from NASA’s Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. Its first mission, STS-41-D, flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date.

Agency

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: LSOC

Country: USA

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