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Challenger Shuttle Mission 8: STS-51-F


8th Challenger mission

19th space shuttle mission


Ms. Hall and Ms. Sisco's classes learned about Challenger Shuttle's eighth mission.


Ms. Hall's Class
Nicholas Agnew, Jessie Chavez, Suzanne De Visser, Trevor Demont, Ethan Doyle, Emily Duncan, Lydia Faircloth, Drake Forester, Andrew Good, Eliza Heiman, Chloe Holder, Carly Jia, Summer Kenney, Ian Lee, Madison Nivens, Kaila Price, Marissa Salisbury, Abagail Stangle, Michael Thomas, Senam Toson, Jacob Tuggle, Jacob Underhay, Porter Worsham


Start of Mission: July, 29, 1985, 5:00 pm, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

End of Mission: August 6, 1985 at 12:45:26 pm, Edwards Air Force Base, California

Mission duration: 7 days, 22 hours, 45 minutes, 26 seconds

Distance traveled: 3.3 million miles

Orbits of Earth: 127

Crew Size: 7

Commander: C. Gordon Fullerton
Pilot: Roy D. Bridges, Jr.
Mission Specialist 1: F. Story Musgrave
Mission Specialist 2: Anthony W. England
Mission Specialist 3: Karl G. Henize
Payload Specialist 1: Loren W. Acton
Payload Specialist 2: John-David F. Bartoe

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.

There were no wakeup calls on this flight because they worked in 12 hours shifts and at no time were all of the astronauts asleep at the same time.

Interesting Facts:

·         Spacelab used to conduct experiments on the shuttle

·         Only “abort to orbit” mission. One of the engines failed at liftoff and they could not go as far into orbit as planned. Mission had to be re-planned.

·         Coca-Cola vs. Pepsi microgravity experiment. They chose TANG as the winner because the sodas had too many bubbles and were room temperature


Launch and Landing:

Post Flight Presentation: