- Cancelled Space Shuttle missions
Space Shuttle program, a number of missions were cancelled. Most were cancelled as a result of the "Challenger" and "Columbia" disasters. However, some were also cancelled due to changes in payload requirements.
STS-1was originally intended to be a sub-orbital test of the Space Shuttlesystem, using the RTLS flight profile devised for emergency abort scenarios. [cite news | url=http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/air_space/1282596.html?page=4 |work= Popular Mechanics|title=Astronauts in Danger| first=Stefano |last=Coledan|date=December 2000] The mission was cancelled when astronauts refused to fly it, having deemed the mission to be too dangerous.
The mission that was originally designated
STS-2would have visited the Skylabspace station, and boosted it into a higher orbit. The flight was cancelled due to delays with the Shuttle program, and Skylab re-entering sooner than was expected. The designation was later reused. The crew selected were Fred Haiseand Jack Lousma. It would have launched in late 1979, using the Space Shuttle "Columbia". Lousma would later command the STS-3mission in early 1982.
STS-10 was cancelled due to delays with the payload, which was a DOD satellite.
Ken Mattingly, Loren Shriver, Ellison Onizuka, James Buchliand Gary Payton had been named as the crew. Launch was scheduled for November 1983.
STS-12, a mission to deploy a
TDRSsatellite, was cancelled due to problems with the Inertial Upper Stage(IUS) that was to be used in the mission. Henry Hartsfield, Michael Coats, Richard Mullane, Steven Hawleyand Judith Resnikhad been named as crew. Launch was scheduled for March 1984.
STS-41-E, a mission to deploy a DOD satellite, was cancelled due to problems with the IUS upper stage that was to be used in the mission. Ken Mattingly, Loren Shriver, Ellison Onizuka, Jim Buchli and Jeffrey Detroye had been named as crew. Launch was scheduled for March 1984. "Challenger" was to have flown this mission.
STS-41-Fwas to have flown in August 1984 using "Discovery". This would have been the first flight of "Discovery", had the mission not been cancelled due to payload delays. STS-41-Dwould eventually become "Discovery" 's first flight.
The shuttle was to have been "Challenger" and was cancelled due to IUS failure. It was a planned TDRS deployment mission.
Karol J. Bobko
Donald E. Williams
M. Rhea Seddon
S. David Griggs
Jeffrey A. Hoffman
This mission would have used "Columbia" and the object of the mission was to launch the
ASTRO-1satellite. It was cancelled after the "Challenger" disaster. The crew was to have been:
Richard N. Richards
Jeffrey A. Hoffman
Robert A. Parker
Samuel T. Durrance
Ronald A. Parise
STS-61F was planned to launch in May 1986 from
Cape Canaveral, was planned to deploy the Ulysses solar polar orbiter using Challenger. The crew was to have been:
Frederick H. Hauck
Roy D. Bridges, Jr.
John M. Lounge
David C. Hilmers
STS-61-G was planned for launch in June 1986 Using Atlantis. But was cancelled after Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. The scheduled crew was to have been:
*David M. Walker
Ronald J. Grabe
Norman E. Thagard
James D. A. van Hoften
This was to be a mission planned to launch in 1986 using "Columbia", however, it was cancelled after the "Challenger" disaster. The flight was scheduled to take place
June 24through July 1. The crew was to have been:
STS-61-Kwas a planned (but cancelled after Space Shuttle Challenger disaster)EOM Space Shuttle mission using "Columbia". The crew was to have been:
Vance D. Brand
S. David Griggs
Robert L. Stewart
Owen K. Garriott
Byron K. Lichtenberg
Michael L. Lampton
Robert E. Stevenson
This was a planned (and cancelled) shuttle mission for deployment of commercial communications satellites. Would have launched the first American journalist in space from Launch Complex 39B. Cancelled after Challenger disaster. The shuttle used would have been "Atlantis".
This was to be a mission planned for July 1986 but cancelled following the Space Shuttle "Challenger" disaster (
STS-51-L). The Space Shuttlethat would have been used was "Challenger". Payload was to have been one of the TDRSsatellites. Crew was to have been:
Mark C. Lee
* William Fisher
STS-62-A was to have been the first shuttle mission flown from the ill-fated Space Launch Complex 6 at
Vandenberg Air Force Base. Robert Crippenwould have commanded "Discovery" on the first polar orbit shuttle mission for the DOD. The flight was cancelled when the DOD pulled out of the shuttle program after the "Challenger" accident.
This mission was to launch in December 1986. The mission was cancelled after the "Challenger" disaster. The mission would have carried
Payload Specialist Charles Edward Jones, who would later die on Flight 11 when it was crashed into the World Trade Centerduring the September 11, 2001 attacks. The shuttle used would have been "Challenger".
Launch of STS-81-M was planned for July 1988 using "Atlantis". It was cancelled due to the "Challenger" accident. The only assigned crewmember was
Payload Specialist Millie Hughes-Fulford
Mission STS-82-B was planned for launch from
Vandenberg Air Force Basein 1988 using Space Shuttle Discovery. The mission was cancelled as a result of the Challenger disaster. Among other tasks, the mission included the deployment of the Cosmic Background Explorerobservatory, later launched on a Delta rocketin 1989.
STS-144 was a mission to retrieve the
Hubble Space Telescopeand return it to Earth, for possible display in the National Air and Space Museumin Washington, D.C.The mission was cancelled after the "Columbia" disaster, and would have been flown by "Columbia". Currently, NASA has plans to fly the STS-125mission to the telescope, with the emphasis in carrying a target assembly to allow for a safe de-orbit and atmospheric breakup over the Pacific Oceanin a manner used in the de-orbiting of the Mir space stationin 2000.
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