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STS 6 was the second operational flight of the Space Transportation System. Astronauts Paul Weitz, Karol Bobko, Donald Peterson, and Story Musgrove were on board and deployed the first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) used to provide improved tracking and data acquisition services to spacecraft in low earth orbit. An EVA (extra- vehicular activity) was performed. The mission duration was 120 hours 23 minutes 42 seconds.

Alternate Names

  • 13968
  • STS6
  • Space Transport Sys 6

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1983-04-04
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 21277 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)


  • Human Crew
  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office


Related Information/Data at NSSDCA


Other Sources of STS 6 Information/Data

STS 6 information (NASA)
STS 6 Press Release images (NASA JSC)

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