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SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER - STS - 51L CREW - COLLECTION WITH 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 347980

Rare collection of all 7 crew members from the tragic accident, framed in the Gallery of History style to 34x24. All except Jarvis have signed on envelopes postmarked the day they died!

Sale Price $8,500.00

Reg. $10,000.00

Condition: fine condition
Accompanied by PSA/DNA COA
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CHALLENGER STS 51-L Rare collection of all 7 crew members from the tragic accident, framed in the Gallery of History style to 34x24. All except Jarvis have signed on envelopes postmarked the day they died! Comprises: (1) Envelope signed: "Don Scobee 10 Sep 85", "Mike Smith", "Judy Resnick", "Ellison Onizuka" and "Ronald E. McNair", 6½x3½, 37-cent Robert Millikan stamp affixed, postmarked Kennedy Space Center, Florida, January 28, 1986, (2) Card signed: "Greg Jarvis/STS-51D Astronaut", 3½x2 with NASA imprint, (3) Envelope signed: "S. Christa McAuliffe", 6½x3½, two 10-cent Apollo Soyuz and one 2-cent Igor Stravinsky stamps affixed, postmarked Edwards AFB, CA STA., January 28, 1986 and (4) Photograph of the seven, unsigned, color, 10x8. All in fine condition. On January 28, 1986, five astronauts and two civilians lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, thus marking the 25th NASA Shuttle mission and the 10th flight of the orbiter Challenger. Seventy-two seconds after lift-off, the Challenger exploded, killing all seven aboard. CHRISTA McAULIFFE, a teacher of economics, law, American history and a special course of her own development - The American Woman - was America's first private citizen in the Shuttle program. She was scheduled to teach classes, via the NASA video network, from the Earth's orbit. Commander DICK SCOBEE, who had previously been awarded the United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, was a veteran of the Challenger's 41-C mission in which he served as pilot. Pilot MIKE SMITH, a former U.S. Navy test pilot, was making his first Shuttle flight. All three mission specialists were veterans of the Shuttle program: DR. JUDY RESNICK was aboard the maiden flight of the Orbiter Discovery; U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel "EL" ONIZUKA was a crew member on the Discovery mission STS 51-C; and DR. RON McNAIR flew on the Challenger mission 41-B. GREG JARVIS, selected in July 1984 for STS 51-D, specialized in space communications satellites. The cause of the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger 51-L mission was attributed to the failure of an o-ring seal at the base of one of the solid rocket boosters that provided 80 percent of the orbiter's power. The two envelopes were blank when they were signed by the astronauts. A stamp was affixed on each and was postmarked at the Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986, the day of the catastrophic launch of Challenger STS-51 Framed in Gallery of History style: 34½x24¼. Four items. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.

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