Egg-shaped Cosmic Ray Nuclei Experiment and Infrared Telescope (IRT), Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51F, July 1985

Egg-shaped Cosmic Ray Nuclei Experiment and Infrared Telescope (IRT), Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51F, July 1985

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Vintage chromogenic print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

Letter attached to verso

[Caption] 51-F Payload – The egg-shaped Cosmic Ray Nuclei experiment and the small helium-cooled Infrared Telescope (IRT) in Challenger’s aft cargo bay.

 Primary payload was Spacelab-2. Despite abort-to-orbit, which required mission replanning, mission declared success. Special part of modular Spacelab system, the Igloo, located at head of three-pallet train, provided on-site support to instruments mounted on pallets. Main mission objective was to verify performance of Spacelab systems and determine interface capability of orbiter, and measure environment induced by spacecraft. Experiments covered life sciences, plasma physics, astronomy, high-energy astrophysics, solar physics, atmospheric physics and technology research.

Condition: mint, document attached to verso

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