The Challenger heading toward its third earth-orbital mission is featured in the official insignia for STS-8. The numerical designation for the mission is represented by the more conspicuous stars in the right side of the circular insignia. Astronauts Richard H. Truly and Daniel C. Brandenstein, commander and pilot, respectively, are noted at the top of the patch and astronauts Dale A. Gardner, Guion S. Bluford and William B. Thornton - all mission specialists - have their surnames listed at the bottom.
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STS-8 was the eighth NASA Space Shuttle mission and the third flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. It launched on August 30, 1983 and landed on September 5, conducting the first night launch and night landing of the Space Shuttle program. It also carried the first African-American astronaut, Guion Bluford.