1983 – The first Space Shuttle spacewalk
STS-6 was the sixth NASA Space Shuttle mission and the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Launched from Kennedy Space Center on 4 April 1983, the mission deployed the first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-1, into orbit, before landing at Edwards Air Force Base on 9 April.
STS-6 carried a crew of four – Paul J. Weitz, commander; Karol J. Bobko, pilot; Story Musgrave and Donald H. Peterson, both mission specialists.
Using new spacesuits designed specifically for the Space Shuttle program, Musgrave and Peterson successfully accomplished the program’s first extravehicular activity (EVA) on 7 April 1983, performing various tests in the orbiter’s payload bay.
Their spacewalk lasted 4 hours and 17 minutes and was the first American EVA.
Extra Note: NASA began a tradition of playing music to astronauts during the Gemini program, and first used music to wake up a flight crew during Apollo 15. Each track is specially chosen, often by the astronauts’ families, and usually has a special meaning to an individual member of the crew, or is applicable to their daily activities.
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