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    IN SPACE/HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA

    The astronauts aboard space shuttle Challenger carried out a series of tests on April 6 that showed the craft was working perfectly on the third day of its maiden flight.

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    IN SPACE: (NASA)
    1. SV Astronauts on flight deck, checking equipment of space shuttle Challenger 0.31
    2. SV Crewmen doing mid-deck checks 1.02
    3. GV Challenger in orbit 2.12
    4. GV Mission Control, Houston (NBC) 2.16
    5. GVs Challenger in Space (2 shots) 3.00
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    Background: IN SPACE/HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA

    The astronauts aboard space shuttle Challenger carried out a series of tests on April 6 that showed the craft was working perfectly on the third day of its maiden flight. They carefully checked the controls they will need on Saturday to bring Challenger back into Earth's atmosphere and a gentle landing in the Mojave Desert in California. Part of their third-day tasks also included five-and-half hourtests on the two-million-dollar spacesuits that crew members Story Musgrave and Donald Peterson were to wear on their April 7 spacewalk, the first by United States astronauts for nine years. They carried out several scientific experiments, such as tracking and photographing large lightning storms on Earth. The staff at Mission Control in Houston were busy working out details to correct the erratic orbit of the 2,270 kilograms (5,000 lb) communications satellite which was detached from Challenger on April 5. The satellite went into an egg-shaped orbit bringing it as close to Earth as 21,800 kilometers (13,450 miles), which is some 14,400 kilometers (9,000 miles) too low for it to serve its basic tracking and data relay functions. A senior official said Control was confident it could be swung into correct, circular orbit, keeping it 35,736 kilometers (22,335 miles) above the Earth at all times.

    Source: NASA & NBC

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    Film ID:
    VLVA755OCYJNVUZKRUCY6CVU7K2IF
    Media URN:
    VLVA755OCYJNVUZKRUCY6CVU7K2IF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/04/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:01:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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