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.

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Communications


STS-8 was the third mission of Space Shuttle Challenger. It deployed an Indian 10 and Weather satellite. It was the first night launch and night landing of the Shuttle program. It also carried the first African-American astronaut; Guion Bluford.

Launch Window


NET: August 30th 1983 - 06:32 UTC

Instantaneous launch window.

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Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL