SpacerThis artifact is a FLOWN NASA STS-6 OV-099 Space Shuttle Spacer. This item is a spacer of unknown use or location. It is 1.75' in diameter.
OV-099 designates this FLOWN HARDWARE as coming from the Challenger Space Shuttle Orbiter.
Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger was named after the British Naval research vessel HMS Challenger that sailed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans during the 1870s. The Apollo 17 lunar module also carried the name of Challenger. Like its historic predecessors, Challenger and her crews made significant scientific contributions in the spirit of exploration.
The STS-6 was the sixth shuttle mission and was the first flight of the Challenger Space Shuttle.
Launch took place at 7:19 AM EST on April 4, 1983 and carried 2 Satellites into orbit. That mission saw the first spacewalk of the Space Shuttle program, as well as the deployment of the first satellite in the Tracking and Data Relay System constellation.
Paul J. Weitz, Commander Karol J. Bobko, Pilot Donald H. Peterson, Mission Specialist F. Story Musgrave, Mission Specialist
The STS-6 mission lasted 5 days 23 minutes and 42 seconds. Challenger landed at Edwards AFB on April 9,1983 and was returned to KSC for refurbishment.
This item was originally acquired at public Auction in 2000 from an ex-NASA employee.
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