Sts-31 crew.jpg
The crew of the followup mission to STS-61J, STS-31, Left to right: Bolden, Hawley, Shriver, McCandless, Sullivan
Mission typeSatellite deployment
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSpace Shuttle Atlantis
Crew size5
Start of mission
Launch datePlanned for August 1986, cancelled
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STS-61-J was a cancelled launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, planned for August 1986 to launch the Hubble Space Telescope.[1][2] It was canceled due to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster earlier in the year.[2][3] The crew members were to be John Young, Charles Bolden, Bruce McCandless II, Steve Hawley, and Kathy Sullivan. All of the crew members except John Young, who was reassigned to an administrative position. Young was replaced by Loren J. Shriver and eventually flew on the STS-31.[4][5]


Position Astronaut
Commander John Young
Would have been seventh spaceflight
Pilot Charles F. Bolden Jr.
Would have been second spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 Bruce McCandless II
Would have been second spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 Steven A. Hawley
Would have been third spaceflight
Mission Specialist 3 Kathryn D. Sullivan
Would have been second spaceflight


  1. ^ "STS-61-J". Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  2. ^ a b Gainor, Chris (2020). Not yet imagined : a study of hubble space telescope operations (PDF). United States. NASA History Program Office. Washington, DC. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-62683-062-2. OCLC 1157675452.
  3. ^ Goodman, John L.; Walker, Stephen R. (February 4, 2009). "Hubble Servicing Challenges Drive Innovation of Shuttle Rendezvous Techniques" (PDF). American Astronautical Society and NASA. p. 3. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  4. ^ Janson, Bette; NASA; Scientific and Technical Information Division (1988-03-01). Ritchie, Eleanor H.; Saegesser, Lee D. (eds.). Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1985: A Chronology (PDF). Washington, DC.: United States Government Printing Office. p. 282.
  5. ^ "Spaceflight mission report: STS-31".