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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #140 on: 01/05/2012 10:02 PM »
PAO: Mission Control Houston at 8 days, 5 hours, 24 minutesÖ the largest crew in the history of spaceflight is home.

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #141 on: 01/05/2012 10:06 PM »
Crippen: Houston, Challenger, we are wheels stop.

CapCom: Challenger, Houston, we copy that, Crip, and you outfoxed us again. You landed at KSC, but the beer has been sent to Edwards.

Crippen: Ah, I donít believe it! I donít believe it!

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #149 on: 01/05/2012 10:34 PM »
Mission Commander Robert Crippen brought the unpowered shuttle Challenger down on Kennedy Space Center's concrete runway just eight seconds late, at 12:26:37 p.m. EDT, completing history's second round-trip space flight. "The third time is the charm," Crippen radioed to Mission Control in Houston as Challenger began its unpowered drop from space nearly an hour before touchdown. His two previous KSC landing attempts were aborted because of bad weather, sending Crippen and his crew to Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Evidence of heavy braking, in the form of smoke coming from the shuttle's main landing gear, could be seen as the craft rolled down the 15,000-foot runway past NASA guests and reporters.

Challenger's seven-person crew, which included Crippen's co-pilot, Jon McBride, mission specialists Sally Ride, Kathryn Sullivan and David Leetsma, and payload specialists Marc Garneau and Paul Scully-Power, emerged from the craft 33 minutes after landing. Greeting the crew was the Florida spaceport's red welcoming carpet, used only once before, in February, bearing the words, "Welcome to KSC." KSC officials added a little extra touch to this welcome, with a yellow sign that read: "The grass is always greener at KSC than it is on the West Coast." Several patches of green sod were placed at the foot of the gangway descending from Challenger to emphasize the point.

Crew members looked fit, cheerful and steady on their feet as they came down the gangway to solid ground. Among those on hand to greet Challenger's returning voyagers was Steve Hawley, who had turned out to welcome home his wife and fellow astronaut, Sally Ride.

Challenger traced a path south above the Indian River from New Smyrna Beach, where the ship crossed over the coast from out over the Atlantic Ocean. The first view of Challenger from the spaceport came with the craft still heading south at 50,000 feet. Several bursts of white smoke, telltale-signs that the crew was using the ship's steering rockets to trim its trajectory, revealed the shuttle's presence. Challenger disappeared in an invisible haze as it completed its final approach loop over central Merritt Island. When the craft suddenly reappeared, it was dropping like a dive bomber straight for the southeast end of the 300-foot-wide runway.

"Hey, you did good. Way to go," Capsule Communicator Richard Richards told Crippen from Houston after landing. "It was a great, great flight," said payload specialist Scully-Power, an Australian-born, naturalized American oceanographer. "It was the most fantastic flight. Given a few hours and a couple of beers, I could probably describe it," he said. Garneau, who made history by becoming the first Canadian to fly in space, called his experience a "voyage extraordinaire," speaking in his native French language. "It's everything you could ever imagine it to be", he said.

Ride, who made her first space trip in June 1983 with Crippen as commander on that flight as well, said her leader was right. The second time, she said, turned out to be as fantastic as the first.

(TODAY, Oct. 14, 1984)

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #150 on: 01/05/2012 10:36 PM »

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #151 on: 01/05/2012 10:41 PM »
A scorched pod housing and one of the Challenger's steering rockets represented the only significant damage to the shuttle during its recent eight-day mission, NASA officials said. The Orbital Maneuvering System pod was damaged by the heat of re-entry to Earth's atmosphere on October 13, when the seven astronauts aboard made the second shuttle landing ever at Kennedy Space Center.

The damage occurred where a 3-foot strip of protective thermal blanket was ripped off Challenger's right-hand maneuvering rocket pod during launch October 5. "With the exception of the OMS pod, this orbiter was in the best condition of an_ to date", Challenger Flow Director James Harrington said. Other damage included about three dozen heat tiles that must be replaced and an equal number that sustained repairable damage. Brake damage which has occurred during virtually every landing so far, was characterized by officials as "normal minor damage" in the form of cracked pads and washers. As for Challenger's brakes, officials from manufacturer
B.F. Goodrich said engineers found "three or four" of the shuttle's main landing gear brakes damaged by the touchdown, with that damage conforming to the patterns observed after prior touchdowns. Goodrich Product Engineer John Warren said several different factors may be responsible, but that deflection of the shuttle's wheel axles is believed to be the culprit.

(TODAY, Oct. 16, 1984)


For more information about the TPS damage have a look at this:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=10058.0


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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #152 on: 01/05/2012 10:49 PM »
And of course you will find more 41-G hi-res images here:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=11730.0

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #153 on: 01/05/2012 10:54 PM »
For more information about the TPS damage have a look at this:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=10058.0
Any video frames or stills of all the post-flight tile removals or the underside with all the tile cavities?  The screed issue went public during the 51-A countdown a few weeks later.

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #154 on: 01/07/2012 04:52 PM »

Any video frames or stills of all the post-flight tile removals or the underside with all the tile cavities?  The screed issue went public during the 51-A countdown a few weeks later.


I have got nothing, but that would be an interesting addition to my collection, too. Maybe somebody else reading this can come up with images of the screed issue.  :)

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #155 on: 07/26/2012 12:39 AM »
Thought I'd bump this thread for Sally Ride.

Ride, Sally Ride! In memory of Sally Ride [1951-2012] America's first woman astronaut

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #156 on: 07/26/2012 09:47 AM »
Thanks, Beemer, good idea.

And I think this photo showing Jon McBride and Bob Crippen at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, besides a wreath honoring their friend and colleague, is a fitting addition to this thread.

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
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