CAPE CANAVERAL, USA
The five-man crew of the latest shuttle spacecraft Challenger was preparing on August 25 for the blast-off which is due to take place on August 30.
CAPE CANAVERAL, USA
AUGUST 25, 1983: (NBC):
1. CU PULL OUT TO GV Space shuttle Challenger on launch pad at night (2 shots) 0.11
2. SV Commander of space crew, Dick Truly 0.18
3. SV Pilot, Navy Commander Daniel Brandenstein 0.23
4. SV & CU Colonel Guion Bluford 0.30
5. CU Lieutenant-Commander Dale Gardner 0.32
6. SCU Dr William Thorton 0.34
7. SVs INTERIOR Astronauts simulating satellite launch and satellite INSAT 1-B being launched (SIMULATION) (2 shots) 0.46
8. SVs & GVs Simulated shots of robot arm being operated (3 shots) 1.03
9. SVs & CUs Astronauts carrying out tests (4 shots) 1.12
10. GV Cargo hold with containers of commemorative postal covers (3 shots) 1.30
11. GV NIGHT SHOTS Runway with plane landing 1.48
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Background: CAPE CANAVERAL, USA
The five-man crew of the latest shuttle spacecraft Challenger was preparing on August 25 for the blast-off which is due to take place on August 30. The launch was planned as the first at night in the eight-flight series and the crew were trying to adjust their metabolism to night-life. The timing of the launch was dictated by the main job facing the crew -- placing a weather and communication satellite, Insat 1-B in orbit for the Indian government. Space officials said the satellite had to be deployed at dusk over the central Pacific, so that its sun sensor could be properly calibrated. Lieutenant-Colonel Guion Bluford, the first black astronaut to fly, was given responsibility for the launch, and together with Lieutenant Commander Dale Gardner, Dr William Thorton and Navy Commander Daniel Brandenstein, was to carry out a series of manoeuvres during the flight under the supervision of Commander Richard Truly. The crew was also to work the spacecraft's robot arm -- designed to retrieve lost satellites as well as activate a small chemical factory. also due to be on board were eight canisters of postal covers to be sold to the public after the mission. A night-time landing at Edwards Air Force base in California was also planned but space administration officials warned the public to stay as there would be nothing to see.
Source: NBC AND NASA