National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099

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Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Successes: 154 Failures: 4 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.


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.



STS-6 was the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. It deployed the first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite into orbit for NASA, forming an integral part of NASAs in-space 10. It was also the first Space Shuttle mission involving a spacewalk. It was the first mission in which the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) was used.

Launch Window

NET: April 4th 1983 - 18:30 UTC

Instantaneous launch window.

Watch the Launch

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL