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.

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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.

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Communications


STS-7 was the second mission for the Space Shuttle Challenger. It deployed several satellites into orbit. It was the first mission scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center however it had to divert to Edwards Air Force Base due to bad weather.

Launch Window


NET: June 18th 1983 - 11:33 UTC

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Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL