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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

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1983-04-04
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 21277.0 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)


  • Earth Science
  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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Related Information/Data at NSSDC


Other Sources of STS 6 Information/Data

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

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