Stephen Lee Cunningham Status: Inactive. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Payload Specialist. Sex: Male. Birth Date: 10 September 1945. Birth City: Renton. Birth State: Washington. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Group: Payload Specialist. Date Selected: 01 July 1984. Date Departed: 28 January 1986. Number of Flights: 0. Comments: Alternate Payload Specialist (from Hughes Corp. ) to
John Konrad for Shuttle Flight STS-61L Mission Gstar-3, Leasat-5, MSL-3 (Commercial PS
Selection 2 in June/July 1984). Flight Log
STS-61-L - - 1986 November - Assignment: Proposed Backup Crew.
Planned shuttle mission for deployment of commercial communications satellites. Would have launched the first American journalist in space from Launch Complex 39B. Cancelled after Challenger disaster.