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The Challenger (OV-099) was a space shuttle operated by the United States of America's NASA space agency in the 20th century.

History and legacy[]

On 28 January 1986, Challenger was destroyed, exploding 73 seconds after being launched for mission STS-51-L. All seven members of the crew were killed in the explosion. (DS9 - Mission Gamma novel: Twilight; ST reference: Star Trek Chronology)

One of the seven crew members was a civilian school teacher, Christa McAuliffe. The USS McAuliffe and the Class F shuttlecraft McAuliffe, attached to the Federation starship USS Farragut, were named in her honor. (DS9 comic: "Frozen Boyhood", ST reference: Ships of the Line 2006)

Challenger mission specialist Ellison Onizuka was similarly honored by Starfleet, with a Type-15 shuttlepod Onizuka on the USS Enterprise-D named after him. (TNG episodes: "The Ensigns of Command", "The Mind's Eye")

In April 2063, a large images of Challenger's STS-41-G and STS-51-L mission patches were displayed in the Crash & Burn bar in Bozeman, Montana. (TNG movie: Star Trek: First Contact)

Elias Vaughn once viewed the memorial to the crew of the Challenger when he was a teenager. In the year 2376, the Inamuri entity allowed Vaughn to experience the memory. (DS9 - Mission Gamma novel: Twilight)


Early flights[]

Final flight[]

  • Gregory Jarvis
  • Christa McAuliffe
  • Ronald McNair
  • Ellison Onizuka
  • Judith Resnik
  • Dick Scobee
  • Michael J. Smith



Ships named Challenger
Cardassian Union, Central Command CDS Challenger Seasl of the Cardassian Union. United States of America Challenger (OV-099, space shuttle) Flag of the United States.
United Earth, Starfleet USS ChallengerChallenger (NX-03, NX-class) Seal of United Earth. Seal of the Earth Starfleet.
Federation, Starfleet USS Challenger (Ranger-class)USS Challenger (NCC-1715, Constitution-class)USS Challenger ("Mongrel"-class)USS Challenger (NCC-2032)USS Challenger (NCC-2023, Excelsior-class)USS Challenger (NCC-71099, Galaxy-class)USS Challenger (Sovereign-class) Seal of the United Federation of Planets. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
United States space shuttles
US flag icon image. Enterprise (OV-101)Columbia (OV-102)Challenger (OV-099)Discovery (OV-103)Atlantis (OV-104)Endeavour (OV-105)Icarus (prototype)Renaissance (OV-165, 2nd gen.) NASA emblem icon image.
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  • Challenger was the third shuttle built, and was first launched on 4 April 1983. [1]

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