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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

x-24B test vehicle

The Martin Marietta X-24B was an experimental U.S. aircraft developed from the joint U.S. Air Force/NASA program, PILOT. It was designed and built to test lifting body concepts that were later used by the space shuttle, such as unpowered reentry and landing.

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