The age of the Space Shuttle begins with the launch of Columbia on the STS-1 mission. Commander John Young and Pilot Robert Crippen were at the controls.
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The prime crew commander, John Young and the pilot, Robert Crippen, with a model of the Space Shuttle orbiter Columbia.
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The first manned Shuttle, Columbia, crewed by Robert Crippen and John Young, is launched from the Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 12th April 1981. Columbia orbited 36 times before landing safely back on Earth. The...More
The space shuttle Columbia is transported atop a 747, Dryden Flight Research Center, California, 3rd March 1981.
Heat-dissipating tiles are installed on the Columbia space shuttle, United States
After completing its second successful mission into space, the STS-2 Orbiter Columbia begins its return flight to the Kennedy Space Centre aboard the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
NASA's manned space shuttle taking off.
Missing tiles are evident on the space shuttle Columbia I, under construction at Cape Canaveral.
An illustration of the Columbia Shuttle, Artwork
Space shuttle Columbia follows a T-38 chase plane before landing, Edwards Air Force Base, California