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STS 41-C was the fifth Challenger shuttle flight. On board were Robert Crippen, Frances Scobee, Terry Hart, George Nelson, and James Van Hoften.

This was the first direct ascent trajectory for Space Shuttle. Using the manned maneuvering unit, astronauts replaced an altitude control system and coronagraph/polarimeter electronics box in the Solar Max satellite while it remained in orbit. The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) was deployed, carrying 57 experiments. It was left on orbit with the intention of retrieving during later mission. Other payloads included: IMAX camera; Radiation Monitoring Equipment (RME); Cinema 360; Shuttle Student Involvement Program (SSlP) experiment. The mission duration was 167 hours 40 minutes 7 seconds.

Alternate Names

  • 14897
  • STS 11
  • STS41C
  • Space Transport Sys 41C

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1984-04-06
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 17334 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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


Related Information/Data at NSSDCA

Solar Max

Other Sources of STS 41C Information/Data

STS 41C information (NASA KSC)
STS 41C Press Release images (NASA JSC)

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