SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER - STS - 61A CREW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL JAMES F. BUCHLI, WUBBO OCKELS, BONNIE J. DUNBAR, COLONEL HENRY "HANK" HARTSFIELD JR., COLONEL STEVE NAGEL, ERNST MESSERSCHMID, REINHARD FURRER, COLONEL GUION S. "GUY" BLUFORD JR. - HFSID 296094
Sale Price $234.00
SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER: STS-61A MISSIONCommemorative envelope for the West German-funded Spacelab mission, the last successful flight of Challenger, signed by all 8 crew members: Hartsfield, Nagel, Dunbar, Buchli, Bluford, Furrer, Messerschmid and Ockels Commemorative Envelope Signed: "Hank Hartsfield", "Steve Nagel", "Jim Buchli", "Bonnie J. Dunbar", "Guion S. Bluford", "R. Furrer", "Wubbo Ockels", "E. Messerschmid", 6½x3½. Envelope postmarked Merritt Island, Florida, October 30, 1985. Space shuttle mission STS-61, the 22nd shuttle mission and the ninth for Challenger, was launched the Kennedy Space Center on October 30, 1985, and returned Edwards Air Force Base on November 6. This was a Spacelab mission, with microgravity scientific projects directed from the German Space Operations Center at Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich. Challenger also deployed a GLOMAR message relay satellite. HENRY W. HARTSFIELD, JR. was mission Commander, STEVEN R. NAGEL the Pilot. The Mission Specialists were BONNIE J. DUNBAR, JAMES F. BUCHLI and GUION S. BLUFORD. The Payload Specialists, one German, one Austrian, and one Dutch, were REINHARD FURRER, ERNST MESSERSCHMID and WUBBO OCKELS. It was the first flight for Dunbar, and the only one for the three Europeans. This was the largest crew aboard any single spacecraft for the entire period from launch to landing. "Bluford" signature lightly beaded but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.
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