|Launch date||15 July 1986 (planned)|
|Front row (l to r): Guy Gardner, Mike Mullane, Jerry Ross, and Dale Gardner. Back row (l to r): Pete Aldridge, Jr, Robert Crippen, and Brett Watterson|
STS-62-A was a planned Space Shuttle mission to deliver a reconnaissance payload (Teal Ruby) into polar orbit. It was expected to use Discovery. It would have been the first manned launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The mission designation, 62-A, meant: 6=fiscal year 1986, 2=Vandenberg (1=Kennedy Space Center), and A=first flight in that fiscal year.
|Commander||Robert L. Crippen
|Pilot||Guy S. Gardner
|Mission Specialist 1||Dale A. Gardner
|Mission Specialist 2||Jerry L. Ross
|Mission Specialist 3||Richard M. Mullane
|Payload Specialist 1||Brett Watterson
|Payload Specialist 2||Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.
|The crew was announced on 15 February 1985.|
Post-Challenger accident 
G. Gardner, Ross and Mullane were members of the second post-Challenger mission STS-27—a classified mission for the DoD—during which the Lacrosse-1 radar reconnaissance spacecraft was allegedly deployed.
- "85-0025 Crews for First Vandenberg Mission, DoD Flight Named" (PDF) (Press release). NASA Johnson Space Center News. 15 February 1985. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
- Jenkins, Dennis R. (2001). Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System The First 100 Missions. Saint Paul: Voyageur Press. p. 329. ISBN 0-9633974-5-1..
- "NASA National Space Science Data Center – Lacrosse 1 Details". Retrieved 11 February 2008.
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