Original U.S. NASA Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster and Columbia Mission Patches - Set of 28

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Original Items: Only One Set Available. This is a collection of 28 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space Shuttle Mission Patches. Some of the patches are Columbia missions and some are Challenger missions. Of particular note is the mission patch for mission STS-51-L. Space Shuttle Mission 51L was the disastrous 25th mission of the United States Space Shuttle program, the program to carry out routine transportation for Earth-to-orbit crew and cargo; as well as the final flight of Space Shuttle Challenger.

Planned as the first Teacher in Space Project in addition to observing Halley's Comet for six days, the mission never achieved orbit; a structural failure during its ascent phase 73 seconds after launch from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39B on January 28, 1986, killed all seven crew members — Commander Dick Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnik and Ronald E. McNair, and Payload Specialists Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe — and destroyed the orbiter.

Immediately after the disaster, NASA convened the Rogers Commission to determine the cause of the explosion. The failure of an O-ring seal on the starboard Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) was determined to have caused the shuttle to break-up in flight. Space Shuttle flights were suspended for 32 months while the hazards with the shuttle were addressed. The Space Shuttle program resumed with STS-26, launched 32 months after the accident.

For a full list of patches spanning STS-1 in 1981 through STS-135 in 2011 please visit the NASA website at this link.

All 28 patches appear to be original and in excellent condition.
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