CHALLENGER STS-51L CREW: FRANCIS R. “DICK” SCOBEE, MICHAEL J. SMITH, RONALD E. “RON” McNAIR, ELLISON S. “EL” ONIZUKA, JUDITH A. “JUDY” RESNIK, GREG JARVIS and CHRISTA McAULIFFE This official NASA photograph is a crew photo of the ill-fated Challenger mission STS-51L, which exploded in midair on January 28, 1986 and was the deadliest accident in NASA history until the destruction of the Columbia in 2003. This rare photograph contains the signatures of all seven crewmembers of STS-51L, who are shown in flight suits and holding their helmets Printed Photograph Signed in Ink: “Mike Smith”, “Dick/ Scobee”, “Ron McNair”, “El Onizuka”, “S. Christa/McAuliffe”, “Greg/Jarvis”, “Judy/ Resnik”. Color, 10×8. Captioned: “Crew of Space Shuttle/ Mission 51-L. This photograph is an official NASA crew photo of the ill-fated Challenger mission STS-51L. It contains the signatures of all seven crewmembers, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, who died when the space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after launch. The recipient of this photo, Dot Davis, worked with the Challenger crew at the Johnson Space Center. Accompanied by: A letter of provenance from Davis noting that the Challenger crew signed this photo in quarantine at the Kennedy Space Center’s while awaiting their launch. The space shuttle Challenger mission STS-51L, the craft’s 10th flight, was launched on January 28, 1986. This was the deadliest accident in NASA history until the destruction of the Columbia during its February 1st, 2003 re-entry. The crew of seven included Mission Commander DICK SCOBEE (1939-1986), a veteran of the Challenger’s 41-C mission (April 6-13, 1984); Pilot MICHAEL J. SMITH (1945-1986), a former U.S. Navy test pilot on his maiden shuttle voyage; and Mission Specialists Dr. RON McNAIR (1950-1986), who had previously been aboard Challenger mission 41-B (February 3-11, 1984); Colonel EL ONIZUKA (19… More information available. Please contact us if you have questions. HFSID 334947
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