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NASA STS-41C Challenger Embroidered Space Shuttle Mission Patch
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  4" Embroidered Mission Patch

NASA STS-41C Challenger Embroidered Space Shuttle Mission Patch

Mission: Long Duration Exposure Facility deploy, first on-orbit spacecraft repair

Space Shuttle: Challenger

Launch Pad: 39A

Launch Weight: 254,254 pounds

Launched: April 6, 1984 at 8:58:00 a.m. EST

Landing Site: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Landing: April 13, 1984 at 5:38:07 a.m. PST

Landing Weight: 196,975 pounds

Runway: 17

Rollout Distance: 8,716 feet

Rollout Time: 49 seconds
Revolution: 108
Mission Duration: 6 days, 23 hours, 40 minutes, 7 seconds
Orbit Altitude: 313 nautical miles
Orbit Inclination: 28.5 degrees
Miles Traveled: 2.9 million

Crew Members

                    STS-41C Crew Photo

Image above: STS-41C Crew photo with Commander Robert L. Crippen, Pilot Francis R. Scobee, Mission Specialists Geroge D. Nelson, James D. A. Van Hoften and Terry J. Hart. Image Credit: NASA

Mission Highlights

STS-41C Mission Patch The first direct ascent trajectory for space shuttle. Using the manned maneuvering unit, astronauts replaced the altitude control system and coronagraph/polarimeter electronics box in the Solar Max satellite while it remained in orbit. The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) was deployed, carrying 57 experiments which were left on orbit with an intention of retrieving them during a later mission. Other payloads on this mission were: IMAX camera; Radiation Monitoring Equipment (RME); Cinema 360; Shuttle Student Involvement Program (SSlP) experiment.

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