SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER - STS - 6 CREW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO, CAPTAIN PAUL J. WEITZ, STORY MUSGRAVE, COLONEL DONALD H. PETERSON - DOCUMENT 296010
SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER: STS-6 MISSION
Commemorative Envelope signed by all four crew members: Weitz, Bobko, Peterson and Musgrave
Commemorative Envelope signed: "Paul Weitz", "Karol 'Bo' Bobko", "Don Peterson", "Story Musgrave", 6½x3½. Envelope bearing mission logo of the flight, postmarked Kennedy Space Center, April 4, 1983. Space shuttle mission STS-6, the sixth orbital flight and the first of 10 flights by Challenger, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on April 4, 1983, landing April 9 at Edwards Air Force Base. The mission deployed a tracking and relay data satellite (TRDS-1), and included the first space walk from a shuttle. The mission Commander was PAUL WEITZ (b. 1932), who had first journeyed in space aboard Skylab-2 in 1973, would retire from NASA as Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center in 1994. KAROL "BO" BOBKO (1936-1996), the pilot, would go into space two more times as mission commander in 1985. He was one of NASA's lead investigators into the Challenger disaster; Mission Specialist 1 DONALD H. PETERSON (b. 1933), formerly an Air Force flight instructor and nuclear systems specialist, was making his only spaceflight. It would include the first space walk from a shuttle, designed to test a new suit and the vehicle's equipment. Also walking in space during this flight was Mission Specialist 2 F. STORY MUSGRAVE. (1935) was making the first of his six shuttle flights. He is the only astronaut to have flown on all five shuttles, and until John Glenn returned to space was the oldest astronaut to go there (age 62). Challenger disintegrated shortly after take-off on what would have been its tenth flight, with the loss of all seven crew members, on January 28, 1986. Fine condition.