Rare video footage of the first amateur radio broadcast in space, conducted by Owen K. Garriott W5LFL during the STS-9 Columbia mission in 1983:
A rare video of the first Amateur Radio transmissions by an amateur radio operator in space which were made by Owen K. Garriott W5LFL during the STS-9 Columbia mission in 1983. pic.twitter.com/oHa9cqfH9M
— Samir Khayat (@OD5SK) April 10, 2023
STS-9 was the sixth mission of the US space shuttle Columbia and the ninth flight overall in the Space Shuttle program. Its goal was the first flight of the European space laboratory Spacelab stored in the payload bay of the satellite stage. This mission did not avoid a lot of complications. Even the astronauts did not register the biggest problem: approximately two minutes before landing, a seal failed and hydrazine leaked from two APU pumps. As a result, a fire broke out on board. About ten minutes after landing, an explosion occurred as a result of a fire in the engine section. If this explosion had occurred during the flight, it could seriously endanger Columbia's crew.