The Crew of Shuttle Mission 51-L

February 05, 1986 1 min read

Following is a list of the six astronauts killed aboard the space shuttle Challenger along with teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe.

Gregory B. Jarvis. 41. A civilian engineer with the Hughes Aircraft Company, Mr. Jarvis was a payload specialist on the Challenger mission, assigned to conduct six days of orbital experiments on fluid dynamics. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Ronald E. McNair. 35. A physicist and mission specialist on the Challenger crew, Mr. McNair was the second black American astronaut in space. He had been on one previous shuttle mission. During the flight, he was to launch a small science platform to study Halley’s comet. He is survived by his wife.

Ellison S. Onizuka. 39. A lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and an aerospace engineer, Lieut. Col. Onizuka was to act as a mission specialist aboard Challenger, which was his second shuttle voyage. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Judith A. Resnik. 36. An electrical engineer and mission specialist aboard Challenger, Ms. Resnik became, in 1984, the second American woman to travel in space when she served on the maiden voyage of the space shuttle Discovery. Survivors include her brother, who was at the launching site last week.

Francis R. Scobee. 46. A veteran test pilot and commander of the Challenger mission, Mr. Scobee also served as pilot of the Challenger’s voyage in 1984. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Michael J. Smith. 40. A commander in the Navy and an astronaut since 1980, Comdr. Smith was pilot aboard the Challenger. Although he had never been in space, he was one of the most seasoned pilots in the astronaut corps. He is survived by his wife and three children.

A version of this article appeared in the February 05, 1986 edition of Education Week