STS-8 – Space Patches
First night launch and landing of a space shuttle.
Successful deployment of India's National Satellite.
Launch Date: August 30, 1983 at 2:30 AM EDT
Landed September 5 at 12:40 AM PDT at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.
Mission duration was six days, one hour, eight minutes, 40 seconds.
Traveled 2.2 million miles in 97 orbits.
Launch Vehicle: Challenger
Crew: Commander: Richard H. Truly
Pilot: Daniel C. Brandenstein
Mission Specialists: Dale A. Gardner, Guion S. Bluford, Jr., Dr. William Thornton