This question was prompted by articles mentioning that a majority of Space Shuttle launches had scrubbed launches.

Which STS mission had the largest amount of accidents and/or failures?

If relevant, this question may be separated into categories like on-pad scrubs and in-flight issues that did not result in mission aborts.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't have a good sense of all the Shuttle missions, but STS-93 seems like it deserves a mention $\endgroup$
    – Erin Anne
    Nov 21 at 0:00
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    $\begingroup$ The "largest amount of ...failures" is boring anyway. It will be a long litany of chipped tiles and stuck middeck locker doors. Ask about the most impactful failures. That would be a fun answer to write. $\endgroup$ Nov 21 at 1:25
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    $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble I can guess that answer “yeah so this one blew up right after launching” $\endgroup$
    – Topcode
    Nov 21 at 14:40
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    $\begingroup$ @Topcode excellent point. The most impactful non-fatal failures. $\endgroup$ Nov 21 at 14:40
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    $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble The majority having leak issues was bad memory on my side. I remembered this paragraph from Ars Technica wrong "Over its lifetime, due to this complexity, the shuttle on average scrubbed nearly once every launch attempt. Some shuttle flights scrubbed as many as five times before finally lifting off. For launch controllers, it never really got a whole lot easier to manage the space shuttle's complex fueling process, and hydrogen was frequently a culprit." $\endgroup$ Nov 21 at 23:18


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