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Challenger Shuttle Mission 3: STS-8

3rd Challenger mission

8th space shuttle mission


 Challenger Second graders learned about Challenger Shuttle's third mission.

Ms. Fields' Class
Payton Bailey, Mikayla Black, Page Bofenkamp, Adrionna Carey, Jasen Couch, Vatorein Eason, Sarah Emery, Ava Fowler, Matteo Gutierrez-Flores, Kaitlyn Harris, Taylor Hughes, Byron Humphrey, Karmen Madison, Leah Mudd, Johnny Nguyen, DJ Padgett, DanDan Zhang

Mrs. Knight's Class:
Hudson Bofenkamp, Kaili Campsey, Brooklyn Clark, Tuck Davenport, Molly Ferguson, Austen Germany, Wesley Holmes, Kaylee McKee, Jackson Odle, Andrew Passalaqua, Diana Rivera-Magallanes, Kylie Rogers, Olivia Roten, Alexa Watkins, Vivian Woods, Corinne Yeager

Mrs. Patterson' Class:
Kaitlyn Atkinson, Aiden Baker, Thomas Burkey, Camebre Clampet, Sophia DeLonge, Jillian Henderson, Theodore Lumsden, Isaiah Moore, Adam Nation, Alexandru Nedelcu, Andrew Roberts, Nevin Sanghadasa, Amari Saunders-Mitchell, Hannah Short,
Jorja Thompson, Casey Tripp, Cali Unite, Dadrien Waller

Mrs. Stegen's Class:
Ah Kerion Alexander, Russell Bachus, Patterson Banister, Dreya Bennich, Wyatt Boenker, Mason Bollinger, Andrew Boyle, Will Duncan, Abigail Durham, Brooke Harding, Andy Jia, Raina Litzenberger, Jacob Magonigal, Seth Mehrotra, William Peirce, Katie Reyes-Covarrubias, Madeline Reynolds, Molly Treen, Madison Wingate, Jackson Young

Start of Mission: August 30, 1983; 2:32 am, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

End of Mission: September 5, 1983, 12:42 am, Edwards Air Force Base, California

Mission duration: 6 days, 1 hour, 8 minutes and 43 seconds

Distance traveled: 2.5 million

Orbits of Earth: 98

Crew Size: 5

Commander: Richard H. Truly
Pilot: Daniel C. Brandenstein
Mission Specialist 1: Dale A. Gardner
Mission Specialist 2: Guion S. Bluford, Jr.
Mission Specialist 3: William E. Thornton

Astronaut Bios:

Wake Up calls:

NASA began a tradition of playing music to astronauts during the Gemini program, and first used music to wake up a flight crew during Apollo 15. Each track is specially chosen, often by the astronauts’ families, and usually has a special meaning to the individual member of the crew, or is applicable to their daily activities.

Flight day



Played for

Day 2

"Georgia Tech Fight Song"


Richard Truly

Day 3

"Illinois Fight Song"


Dale Gardner

Day 4

"Penn State Fight Song"


Guy Bluford

Day 5

"University of North Carolina Fight Song"


William Thornton

Day 6

"Tala Sawari"

Ravi Shankar


Day 7

"Semper Fidelis"

John Philip Sousa


Interesting Facts:

·         The first African-American in space, Guion Bluford, was on this flight

·         This was the first night launch and night landing of a space shuttle

·         The mission purpose was to deploy a weather satellite for India, the INSAT-IB

·         Space adaptation syndrome (“space sickness”) was studied on this flight

In cooperation with the US Postal Service, the mission also carried 260,000 postal covers with $9.35 postage stamps, which were to be sold to collectors: