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Happy 30th Anniversary for the 1st US Shuttle Launch – STS-1

Apr 12, 2011   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Space  //  No Comments

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In addition to being the 50th Anniversary of the first man in space, today is also the 30th Anniversary of the first Shuttle launch. On April 12, 1981, Columbia crew John Young and Bob Crippen launched into orbit on the Columbia.

STS-1 Launch

STS-1 landed two days later at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

STS-1 Landing

You might remember that some orbiters (shuttles) took off in Florida and landed in California, then were carried on the back of a 747 back to Florida.

STS-117 Shuttle piggy backing on 747

By NASA/Jim Ross[see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

I was in high school when the STS-1 launch happened.  It’s hard for me to fathom that the Shuttle program has been in place for my entire adult life.  As I previously posted, some of my earlier work was done on facilities that were involved in the applications of the shuttle program.  At the NASATweetup I’m planning on attending later in the month, well be watching STS-134 launch.

Look for my future post on the "business keys" of launch numbers.  I guess I see data modeling challenges everywhere.

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