SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER - STS - 51L CREW - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: LT. COLONEL ELLISON S. "EL" ONIZUKA, GREG JARVIS, RONALD E. McNAIR, LT. COLONEL DICK (FRANCIS R.) SCOBEE, CHRISTA McAULIFFE, JUDITH A. "JUDY" RESNIK, CAPTAIN MICHAEL J. SMITH - HFSID 292068
CHALLENGER STS-51L: FRANCIS R. "DICK" SCOBEE,
MICHAEL J. SMITH, RONALD E. "RON" McNAIR, ELLISON S.
"EL" ONIZUKA, JUDITH A. "JUDY" RESNIK, GREG JARVIS and
Official NASA photograph of the crew of the ill-fated Challenger mission STS-51L. Challenger exploded in midair on January 28, 1986, making it 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. All seven people in this photo perished in the Challenger disaster
Inscribed Photograph signed: "Dot - Best Wishes" (unknown hand),"El Onizuka", "S. Christa/McAuliffe", "Greg Jarvis", "Judy/Resnik", "Mike Smith", "Dick/Scobee" and "Ron McNair". Color, 10x8 overall, image 9¼x6¾ (one surface). NASA publicity photo with NASA logo in upper left corner. 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. Its explosion 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 FRANCIS "DICK" SCOBEE, a veteran of the Challenger's 41-C mission (April 6-13, 1984); Pilot MICHAEL J. SMITH, a former U.S. Navy test pilot on his maiden shuttle voyage; and Mission Specialists RONALD E. "RON" McNAIR, who had previously been aboard Challengermission 41-B (February 3-11, 1984); Colonel ELLISON S. "EL" ONIZUKA, a former crew member on Discoverymission STS 51-C (January 24-27, 1985); and JUDITH A. "JUDY" RESNIK, who had been aboard the maiden flight of the orbiter Discovery(August 30-September 5, 1984). Also aboard were two civilian Payload Specialists, GREG JARVIS of Hughes Co., who specialized in space communications satellites; and SHARON CHRISTA McAULIFFE, the "teacher in space" from Concord, New Hampshire, who was scheduled to teach a televised class to school children across America. Seventy-three seconds into the flight, a crucial seal in the rocket failed, causing the craft to explode in a ball of fire with the tragic loss of all seven crewmembers. NASA postponed all space shuttle flights for over two years because of this disaster and didn't resume them until the Sept. 29, 1988 Discovery mission of STS-26. Fine condition. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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