Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Discovery's second flight (STS-51-A) launches 1984

Mission Specialist Dale A. Gardner

Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off November 8, 1984 on its second voyage, the fourteenth shuttle mission for NASA.  It deployed two satellites and retrieved two others, which were malfunctioning.  The Palapa B2 and Westar 6 communication satellites had been deployed by the Space Shuttle Columbia in February 1984.  Mission Specialists Joseph Allen and Dale Gardner performed tetherless EVA's to retrieve the satellites.

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