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NASA's Space Shuttle Program: 30 Years of Flight

First Shuttle Launch

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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

First Shuttle Launch

A crowd of people watch the launch of STS-1, NASA's first space shuttle mission. Space shuttle Columbia soars into the sky from the Kennedy Space Center and leaves a trail of exhaust smoke. April 12, 1981.

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