Aerial view of Shuttle STS-6 on way to launchpad

Aerial view of Shuttle STS-6 on way to launchpad

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Caption: Space shuttle Challenger, mission STS-6, seen here climbing the ramp to the launchpad at Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. STS-6 was Challenger's first flight, commencing on 5th April 1983 and ending five days later. The mission saw the launch of the TDRS-1 space communications satellite using the Interim Upper Stage (IUS). This is a booster attached to the satellite allowing injection from the Shuttle's low altitude orbit into one sufficiently high for geostationary positioning. The mission also saw the Shuttle's first 'space walks', by D Peterson and S Musgrave.

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Keywords: challenger, manned spaceflight, mission sts-06, shuttle launch, space, space shuttle, space shuttle challenger

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