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April 04 - 09, 1983

The Crew

STS-6 carried a crew of four -- Paul J. Weitz, commander; Karol J. Bobko, pilot; Donald H. Peterson and Story Musgrave, both mission specialists. Using new space suits designed specifically for the Space Shuttle, Peterson and Musgrave successfully accomplished the program's first extravehicular activity (EVA), performing various tests in the payload bay. Their space walk lasted for 4 hours, 17 minutes.

The Artwork

This is the official insignia for Space Shuttle mission STS-6. The sixth Space Shuttle flight is represented by the hexagonal shape of the insignia and the six stars, in the portrayed constellation Virgo. The sign of Virgo is also symbolic of the first flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Depicted above the spacecraft's open cargo bay is the combined inertial Upper Stage (IUS) and a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite. This is the first Shuttle flight of the IUS rocket, which will carry the first TDRS to a geosynchronous orbit of 24,000 statute miles.

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