Posts Tagged ‘STS-1’

Here’s a little history from NASA. The shuttle landed at Edwards Air Force Base two days later.

Cool stuff.

Some trivia; the shuttle booster is painted white here. They stopped doing that to lower the weight.


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The Boldest Test Flight in History

Early on the morning of April 12, 1981, two astronauts sat strapped into their seats on the flight deck of Columbia, a radically new spacecraft known as the space shuttle.

John Young, the commander, had already flown in space four times, including a walk on the moon in 1972. Bob Crippen, the pilot, was a Navy test pilot who would go on to command three future shuttle missions. But nothing either man had done or would do was quite like this.