SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER - STS - 41B CREW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: CAPTAIN ROBERT L. "HOOT" GIBSON, BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT L. "BOB" STEWART, CAPTAIN BRUCE MCCANDLESS II, VANCE BRAND - HFSID 296015
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SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER STS-41B CREW: VANCE BRAND,ROBERT L. "HOOT" GIBSON, BRUCE McCANDLESS II and ROBERT L. "BOB" STEWARTThe four crew members sign this commemorative envelope Commemorative Envelope signed: "Vance Brand", "Robert L. Gibson", "Bruce McCandless II" and "Bob Stewart" 6½x3½. Postmarked Kennedy Space Center, February 11, 1984. Space shuttle mission STS-41B, the tenth orbital flight and the fourth of 10 flights by Challenger, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on February 3, 1984 and made the first runway landing at the same site on February 11. This mission deployed two communications satellites and conducted the first untethered space walks (by McCandless). Confusingly, NASA began a new numbering system with this launch, the previous flight having been STS-10. The mission Commander was VANCE BRAND (b.1931), already a veteran (command module pilot of the first joint US-Soviet space flight (1975). Brand would make two more shuttle flights after this one. Shuttle pilot ROBERT L. "HOOT" GIBSON (b.1946) served on five space shuttle missions: Challenger (STS 41-B), Columbia (STS 61-C), January 12-18, 1986; Atlantis (STS-27), December 2-6, 1988; Endeavor (STS-47), September 12-20, 1992, the 50th space shuttle mission; and, Atlantis (STS-71), June 27-July 7, 1995, which was the first space shuttle to dock with the Russian space station Mir. Gibson also served as Chief of the Astronaut Office (1992-1994) and Deputy Director, Flight Crew Operations (1996) Mission Specialist 1 BRUCE McCANDLESS II (1937-2017) whose Navy flying experience included the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), made the first untethered space walk on this mission. He would return to space in 1990 aboard Discovery. Mission Specialist 3 ROBERT L. "BOB" STEWART (b.1943) joined McCandless on his history-making DVA (although Stewart remained tethered to the spacecraft). Stewart returned to space on the maiden flight of the orbiter Atlantis in 1985. Mission Specialist 2 Ronald McNair (1950-1986), a renowned laser physicist, was tragically unavailable to sign this envelope. He died on this same spacecraft when 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. Corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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