STS-61-E

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STS-61-E
Mission duration 8 days, 22 hours, 2 minutes, 8 seconds
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Space Shuttle Columbia
Crew
Crew size 7
Members Jon McBride
Richard N. Richards
David Leestma
Jeffrey A. Hoffman
Robert A. Parker
Samuel T. Durrance
Ronald A. Parise
Start of mission
Launch date 6 March 1986, 10:45:00 (1986-03-06UTC10:45Z) UTC
Launch site Kennedy LC-39B
End of mission
Landing date 15 March 1986, 08:47:08 (1986-03-15UTC08:47:09Z) UTC
Landing site Kennedy Runway 15
Orbital parameters
Inclination 28.5 degrees

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Space Shuttle program
← STS-51-L STS-61-F

STS-61-E was a United States Space Shuttle mission planned to launch on March 6, 1986 using Columbia. It was cancelled after the Challenger disaster.

Crew[edit]

Position Astronaut
Commander Jon McBride
Second spaceflight
Pilot Richard N. Richards
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 (Payload Commander) David Leestma
Second spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 Jeffrey A. Hoffman
Second spaceflight
Mission Specialist 3 Robert A. Parker
Second spaceflight
Payload Specialist 1 Samuel T. Durrance
First spaceflight
Payload Specialist 2 Ronald A. Parise
First spaceflight

Mission objectives[edit]

Columbia was to carry the ASTRO-1 observatory, which would be used to make astronomical observations including observations of Comet Halley. ASTRO-1 consisted of three ultraviolet telescopes mounted on two Spacelab pallets, controlled by the Instrument Pointing System which was first tested on STS-51-F.[1]

After the Challenger disaster, the flight was remanifested as STS-35 and several crew members were replaced. Both Richards and Leestma were reassigned to STS-28 while McBride left NASA in 1989. Vance Brand replaced McBride as the commander while Guy Gardner and Mike Lounge replaced Richards and Leestma, respectively.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Ben (2005). Space Shuttle Columbia: Her Missions and Crews. Springer Science + Business Media. p. 99. ISBN 0-387-21517-4.