National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099

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Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Successes: 153 Failures: 2 Pending: 2

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Launch Vehicle


Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099

Configuration: OV-099
Family: Space Shuttle

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.

Vehicle Specifications


Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099
GTO: 0
LEO: 24400
Length: 38.1 m
Diameter: 8.4 m
Launch Mass: 2040k kg
Thurst: 28200 kN
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Human Exploration


The tenth mission for Challenger, STS-51-L was scheduled to deploy the second in a series of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites, carry out the first flight of the Shuttle-Pointed Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN-203) / Halley's Comet Experiment Deployable in order to observe Halley's Comet, and carry out several lessons from space as part of the Teacher in Space Project and Shuttle Student Involvement Program (SSIP).

Launch Window


NET: January 28th 1986 - 16:38 UTC

Open: January 28th 1986 - 16:38 UTC

Close: January 28th 1986 - 16:38 UTC

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Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Launch Complex 39B, Kennedy Space Center, FL


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