With 10 years of design and development, the shuttle was the first of its kind — a reusable vehicle for travel to low-Earth orbit.
The STS-1 Mission would demonstrate safe launch into orbit and safe return of the orbiter and crew and verify the combined performance of the entire shuttle vehicle – orbiter, solid rocket boosters and external tank. Commander John Young called the flight “something just short of a miracle.”
The success of the STS-1 Mission was the beginning of an era and over the course of three decades, the space shuttle program redefined what we know about living in a microgravity environment.
Learn more at: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/retired-astronaut-bob-crippen-on-the-40th-anniversary-of-sts-1-and-the-beginning-of/
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