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NASA's Space Shuttle Program: 30 Years of Flight

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Shuttle drawing x-24B test vehicleThe First External TankTest StandFirst Shuttle Launch Smoke Trails From ChallengerChallenger crew Birds Flock to STS-27Engine Maintenance On the Payload bay Test Firing Servicing the Hubble Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Columbia 1981 launch Columbia DebrisDiscovery flight deckFinal Shuttle Launch Atlantis Over EarthSandy Magnus 1979 shuttle photoDiscovery sunset Final Landing

Columbia 1981 launch

Space shuttle Columbia lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center on January 16, 2003 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The shuttle broke up over Texas upon re-entry to earth on February 1, 2003. Debris from the wreckage drifted hundreds of miles from central Texas to Louisiana.

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