Template:Infobox spaceflight STS-61-E was a United States Space Shuttle mission planned to launch on March 6, 1986 using Columbia. It was cancelled after the Challenger disaster.


Position Astronaut
Commander Jon A. McBride
Second spaceflight
Pilot Richard N. Richards
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 Jeffrey A. Hoffman
Second spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 David C. Leestma
Second spaceflight
Mission Specialist 3 Robert A. Parker
Second spaceflight
Payload Specialist 1 Samuel T. Durrance
First spaceflight
Payload Specialist 2 Ronald A. Parise
First spaceflight

Mission objectivesEdit

Columbia was to carry the ASTRO-1 observatory, which would be used to make astronomical observations including observations of Comet Halley. ASTRO-1 consisted of three ultraviolet telescopes mounted on two Spacelab pallets, controlled by the Instrument Pointing System which was first tested on STS-51-F.[1]

After the Challenger disaster, the flight was remanifested as STS-35 and several crew members were replaced. Both Richards and Leestma were reassigned to STS-28 while McBride left NASA in 1989. Vance Brand replaced McBride as the commander while Guy Gardner and Mike Lounge replaced Richards and Leestma, respectively.

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