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STS-41G Space Shuttle Challenger Mission

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STS-41G Space Shuttle Challenger Mission Patch

STS-41G Space Shuttle Challenger Mission Patch

NASA
Orbiter: Challenger (STA-099, OV-99)
  • Pad 39-A (25)
  • 13th Shuttle mission
  • 6th Flight OV-99
  • 2nd KSC landing

Crew:

Milestones:

  • OPF - April 18, 1984
  • VAB - Sept. 8, 1984
  • PAD - Sept 13, 1984

Payload:

  • OSTA-3
  • ERBS
  • LFC/ORS
  • RME(4)
  • TLD
  • APE
  • CANEX
  • IMAX-CAMERA(3)

Launch:

  • October 5, 1984, 7:03:00 a.m. EDT.
  • Launch proceeded as scheduled with no delays.
  • Launch Weight: 242,780 lbs

Orbit:

  • Altitude: 218nm
  • Inclination: 57.0 degrees
  • Orbits: 133
  • Duration: Eight days, five hours, 23 minutes, 33 seconds.
  • Distance: 3,289,444 miles

Hardware:

  • SRB: BI-013
  • SRM: 012LW(HPM)
  • ET : 15/LWT-8
  • MLP : 1
  • SSME-1: SN-2023
  • SSME-2: SN-2020
  • SSME-3: SN-2021

Landing:

  • October 13, 1984, 12:26:33 p.m. EDT, Runway 33, Kennedy Space Center. Fla.
  • Rollout distance: 10,633 feet.
  • Rollout time: 59 seconds.
  • Landing Weight: 202,266 lbs.

Mission Highlights:


First flight to include two women, Ride and Sullivan. Sullivan first American woman to walk in space. Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS) deployed less than nine hours into flight. Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications-3 (OSTA-3) carried three experiments in payload bay. Components of Orbital Refueling System (ORS) connected, demonstrating it is possible to refuel satellites in orbit. Other Payloads: Large Format Camera (LFC); IMAX Camera, flying for third time; package of Canadian Experiments (CANEX); Auroral Photography Experiment (APE); Radiation Monitoring Equipment (RME); Thermoluminiscent Dosimeter (TLD); and eight Get Away Specials.

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