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 90482
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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 McAULIFFEThe crew signed these First Day Covers, which were postmarked the day they died. Matted and framed in the Gallery of History style to 34x30.Comprises: (1) Commemorative Envelope Signed: "Dick Scobee 17 JUL 85" and "Ronald E. McNair", 6½x3½. The names of astronauts Scobee, McNair, Onizuka, Resnik and Smith have been typed on this cover, but only Scobee and McNair have signed it. Cover postmarked Kennedy Space Center, Florida, January 28, 1986.(2) Commemorative Envelope Signed: "Ellison Onizuka/Shuttle Astronaut" 6½x3½. Cover postmarked Kennedy Space Center, Florida, January 28, 1986. (3) Commemorative Envelope Signed: "Judith A. Resnik" 6½x3½. Cover postmarked Kennedy Space Center, Florida, January 28, 1986.(4) Commemorative Envelope Signed: "Michael J. Smith" 6½x3½. Cover postmarked Kennedy Space Center, Florida, January 28, 1986. (5) Commemorative Envelope Signed: "S.C. McAuliffe" 6½x3½. Cover postmarked Kennedy Space Center, Florida, January 28, 1986.(6) Signature: "Greg Jarvis" 5x3 card. The five 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 launch of Challenger STS-51L which exploded 73 seconds after the launch, killing all seven crew members. 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 (1946-1986), a former crew member on Discovery mission STS 51-C (January 24-27, 1985); and Dr. JUDY RESNIK (1949-1986), 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(1944-1986) of Hughes Co., who specialized in space communications satellites; and CHRISTA McAULIFFE (1948-1986), 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 crewmembers. NASA postponed all Space Shuttle flights for over two years because of this disaster and didn't resume them until the September 29, 1988 Discovery mission of STS-26. Matted together and framed in Gallery of History style: 34¼x29¾. Fine condition.
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