The events on this day for our heritage companies are noted below:
The earliest event was in 1959, the latest event was in 2009.
1983 – LAUNCH: STS-6 (Challenger), LC39A, KSC – 4 person crew, TDRS-1 deployment – first flight of OV Challenger
1997 – LAUNCH: STS-83 (Columbia), LC39A, KSC – 7 person crew, microgravity science lab, mission shortened due to fuel cell failures
Military and Classified Programs:
1997 – LAUNCH: LM DMSP 5D-2 F14, LM Titan II SLV, SLC4W, VAFB
2009 – LAUNCH: WGS-2, ULA Atlas V421, LC41, CCAFS
Exploration and Interplanetary Programs:
Earth-Monitoring and Civil Weather Satellite programs:
1991 – LAUNCH: GE Anik-E2, Ariane 44P, ELA2, Kourou, French Guiana
Test, ICBM, FBM programs:
1959 – LAUNCH: Martin Bold Orion, B-47 (aircraft), CCAFS
1968 – LAUNCH: Lockheed Polaris A3, EAG-154, Johnston Island, Pacific
1969 – LAUNCH: Lockheed Polaris A2E, SSBN616, ETR
1979 – LAUNCH (3): Lockheed Polaris A3, SSBN608, WTR
The photos today are of the launch of STS-6, the crew, and Story Musgrave doing an EVA during the mission. STS-6 was the first flight of Challenger in 1983.