The Crew & Mission

Mission: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-1 (TDRS-1)/First Shuttle Space Walk
Space Shuttle: Challenger
Launch Pad: 39A
Launched: April 4, 1983 at 1:30:00 p.m. EST
Landing Site: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Landing: April 9, 1983 at 10:53:42 a.m. PST
Runway: 22
Rollout Distance: 7,244 feet
Rollout Time: 49 seconds
Revolution: 81
Mission Duration: 5 days, 0 hours, 23 minutes and 42 seconds
Returned to KSC: April 16, 1983
Orbit Altitude: 184 nautical miles
Orbit Inclination: 28.5 degrees
Miles Traveled: 2.1 million

STS-6 Artwork

Left the original artwork, Look at the position of the stars, and note that tape is used to put STS-6 and Challenger to the artwork.

(S82-39531 - December 1982) --- This is the official insignia for Space Shuttle mission STS-6. The sixth Space Shuttle flight is represented by the hexagonal shape of the insignia and the six stars, in the portrayed constellation Virgo. The sign of Virgo is also symbolic of the first flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Depicted above the spacecraft's open cargo bay is the combined inertial Upper Stage (IUS) and a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite. This is the first Shuttle flight of the IUS rocket, which carried the first TDRS to a geosynchronous orbit of 24,000 statute miles.

STS-6 first Shuttle EVA

Hamilton Sundstrand, the manufacturer of the Space Shuttle EVA (extravehicular activity,"space walk") suits, designed this patch to be affixed to all of its space suits -- since company logos are not done on NASA equipment. The central human figure is an astronaut suited for EVA. The spacesuited figure is androgynous to reflect that female astronauts perform EVAs as well as male astronauts; and it presumably cushions delicate sensibilities from abuse.

The beta-cloth EVA patch.

STS-6 payload

Collecting STS-6

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