STS-51A: Life on a Small Spaceship

In the early days of the shuttle program, NASA wasn’t sure how crews of five, six, and seven people would fare in the limited space of the orbiter. Here the crew of STS-51A, who flew in November 1984, give a tour of the upper and lower decks. Onboard were Rick Hauck, Dave Walker, Joe Allen, Anna Fisher, and Dale Gardner. Allen, who had been an astronaut since 1967 but hadn’t flown until 1982, was making his second flight. (3:54)

Latest Videos

Preview thumbnail for video'Space Panorama
Space Panorama (5:09)
Preview thumbnail for video'Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser
Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser (4:01)
Preview thumbnail for video'STS-1: The First Shuttle Landing
STS-1: The First Shuttle Landing (5:55)
Preview thumbnail for video'CIMON the Space Station Robot
CIMON the Space Station Robot (0:46)
Preview thumbnail for video'The moon landing was the television event of the decade.
The moon landing was the television event of the decade. (2:41)
Preview thumbnail for video'“Determination of Azimuth”
“Determination of Azimuth” (1:34)
Preview thumbnail for video'New Shepard’s First Flight
New Shepard’s First Flight (2:29)
Preview thumbnail for video'STS-31: Launching Hubble
STS-31: Launching Hubble (4:57)
Preview thumbnail for video'Triple Transit
Triple Transit (0:05)