This was a list of missions for the space shuttle program in the 20th and 21st centuries for NASA. On these missions, the shuttles were used for delivering satellites into Earth orbit for geophysical studies and for national defense, for resupplying the International Space Station, and for studying the Human body in microgravity. Each of these missions was given the acronym STS ("Space Transportation System") and a specific number by NASA. Early shuttle missions had a capital letter after the number.
Each of the mission insignias were designed by the mission crews and were approved by NASA. The insignias were designed with a theme appropriate for each mission. The last names of the astronauts were placed on each insignia.
- The shuttle for this mission was the Challenger. This was the first time that a shuttle was staffed with seven crew members, and the first time a crew was equipped with an IMAX camera for documentary film making. For further information, see STS-41G at Wikipedia.
- The shuttle for this mission was the Discovery. This was the first mission for the Department of Defense. For further information, see STS-51C at Wikipedia.
- The shuttle for this mission was the Challenger. This mission was selected for the Teacher in Space Project, or TISP, initiated at the request of President Ronald Reagan. (The insignia for the TISP was, also, displayed in the 602 Club.) The mission was not completed for the space shuttle was destroyed on take-off with the loss of the crew. For further information, see STS-51L and Teacher in Space Project at Wikipedia.
- The shuttle for this mission was the "Discovery". This mission was the first in the Space Shuttle program following the loss of the Challenger two years before. For further information, see STS-26 at Wikipedia.
STS-49 was a mission assigned to the space shuttle Endeavour (OV-105). Endeavour was crewed by Thomas Akers, Daniel Brandenstein, Kevin P. Chilton, Richard Hieb, Bruce E. Melnick, Pierre J. Thout, and Kathryn C. Thornton.
- The Endeavour, a replacement for the shuttle Challenger, first flew on this mission. The satellite Intelsat VI was repaired by a three-man EVA team. For further information, see STS-49 at Wikipedia.
- The shuttle for this mission was the Discovery. This was a resupply mission for the International Space Station. For further information, see STS-96 at Wikipedia.
- The shuttle for this mission was the Columbia. The crew performed microgravity experiments during their stay in space. On reentry, the Columbia was destroyed when the hull breached. There were no survivors. For further information, see STS-107 and micro-g environment at Wikipedia.
Footage of STS-101 was seen in the opening credits of Star Trek: Enterprise.
None of these insignias were identified in the episode. Identification came from Wikipedia and other online resources.
The first mission of the space shuttle program, STS-1, by the Columbia was included in the Star Trek Chronology.