|Launch:||April 6, 1984, 8:58:00 a.m. EST|
|Landing:||April 13, 1984, 5:38:07 a.m. PST, Edwards Air Force Base|
|Orbit Altitude:||313 nautical miles|
|Orbit Inclination:||28.5 degrees|
Photo of 41-C crew taken in aft flight deck of the Challenger while in orbit. Astronauts Robert L. Crippen, right, crew commander; and Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, left, pilot, flank the mission specialists -- (l-r) George D. Nelson, James D. van Hoften and Terry J. Hart.
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Using manned maneuvering unit, astronauts replaced altitude control system and coronagraph/polarimeter electronics box in the Solar Max satellite while it remained in orbit. Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) deployed, carrying 57 experiments. LDEF was to be retrieved after 11 months, but schedule changes pushed that date to 5.7 years when STS-32 retrieved the experiment package. Other payloads: IMAX camera; Radiation Monitoring Equipment (RME); Cinema 360; Shuttle Student Involvement Program (SSlP) experiment.
|The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) is placed in orbit by the shuttle Challenger crew in this view. Still attached to the remote manipulator system (RMS) end effector, the LDEF is backdropped against Florida, the Bahama Bank, the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic waters.|