STS-41

Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Launch Status
Success

Crew

William Shepherd

William Shepherd

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
7/26/1949 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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

Commander

Status: Retired
8/24/1946 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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

Pilot

Status: Retired
1/23/1949 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
12/5/1949 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
5/20/1951 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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.

Location

Launch Complex 39B

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

182 launches have been at this location.

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

Rocket

Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103

Length: 38.1 meters
Diameter: 8.4 meters
First Launched: August 30, 1984

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.

The Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 rocket has been launched a total of 38 times with 38 successful and 0 failed launches.

Agency

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: LSOC
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Country: USA

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