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NASA's Space Shuttle Program: 30 Years of Flight

The First External Tank

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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

The First External Tank

The first space shuttle external tank rolls off the assembly line on September 9, 1977 at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La.

Photo Essay

Photo Essay