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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – One of the solid rocket booster segments for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission is in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for stacking.  The mission is targeted for launch in June.   Photo credit: NASA/Tim Jacobs KSC-2009-1870

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – One of the solid rocket booster segments for sp...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – One of the solid rocket booster segments for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission is in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for stacking. The mis... more

STS-131 DISCOVERY ROLLOVER FROM OPF-3 TO VAB 2010-1880

STS-131 DISCOVERY ROLLOVER FROM OPF-3 TO VAB 2010-1880

STS-131 DISCOVERY ROLLOVER FROM OPF-3 TO VAB

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Solid Rocket Booster Retrieval Ship Freedom Star, with a booster in tow, is docked in Port Canaveral in Florida before continuing on to Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A cruise ship is seen in the background. The booster was used during space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 launch from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A on Feb. 24. The shuttle’s two solid rocket booster casings and associated flight hardware are recovered in the Atlantic Ocean after every launch by Liberty Star and Freedom Star.                    The boosters impact the Atlantic about seven minutes after liftoff and the retrieval ships are stationed about 10 miles from the impact area at the time of splashdown.  After the spent segments are processed, they will be transported to Utah, where they will be refurbished and stored, if needed. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2011-1880

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Solid Rocket Booster Retrieval Ship Freedo...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Solid Rocket Booster Retrieval Ship Freedom Star, with a booster in tow, is docked in Port Canaveral in Florida before continuing on to Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Solid Rocket Booster Retrieval Ship Freedom Star leaves the dock at Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and heads back to its home base at the Turn Basin at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The ship recently retrieved a booster that was used during space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 launch from Kennedy's Launch Pad 39A on Feb. 24. The shuttle’s two solid rocket booster casings and associated flight hardware are recovered in the Atlantic Ocean after every launch by Liberty Star and Freedom Star.      The boosters impact the Atlantic about seven minutes after liftoff and the retrieval ships are stationed about 10 miles from the impact area at the time of splashdown.  After the spent segments are processed, they will be transported to Utah, where they will be refurbished and stored, if needed. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2011-1890

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Solid Rocket Booster Retrieval Ship Freedo...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Solid Rocket Booster Retrieval Ship Freedom Star leaves the dock at Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and heads back to its home base at the Turn Basin at NASA's Kennedy ... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour is secured to a transporter for its move, or "rollover" from Orbiter Processing Facility-2 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). In the VAB, Endeavour will be lifted into a high bay where it will be attached to its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters for its final mission, STS-134.      Endeavour and its STS-134 crew will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-3, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a high-pressure gas tank, additional spare parts for Dextre and micrometeoroid debris shields to the International Space Station. Launch is targeted for April 19 at 7:48 p.m. EDT. For more information visit, http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts134/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2011-1900

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, spa...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour is secured to a transporter for its move, or "rollover" from Orbiter Processing Facility-2 to the Vehicle Assembly Buil... more

STS-131 Discovery Lift & Mate to SRB/ET Stack 2010-1900

STS-131 Discovery Lift & Mate to SRB/ET Stack 2010-1900

STS-131 Discovery Lift & Mate to SRB/ET Stack

Young girls going home from Brown's shoe factory. (Washington & 18th Sts) at close of day. May 10th, 1910. Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Young girls going home from Brown's shoe factory. (Washington & 18th S...

Title from NCLC caption card. Attribution to Hine based on provenance. In album: Miscellaneous. Hine no. 1415. Credit line: National Child Labor Committee collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs... more

STS-132 ATLANTIS BASE PLATE/SALAD BOWL INSTALLATION 2010-1910

STS-132 ATLANTIS BASE PLATE/SALAD BOWL INSTALLATION 2010-1910

STS-132 ATLANTIS BASE PLATE/SALAD BOWL INSTALLATION

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07  STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member Stephen Bowen

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07 STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member Steph...

JSC2010-E-039450 (10 March 2010) --- NASA astronaut Steve Bowen, STS-132 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (... more

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07  STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member Stephen Bowen

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07 STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member Steph...

JSC2010-E-039464 (10 March 2010) --- NASA astronaut Steve Bowen, STS-132 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (... more

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07  STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member: Garrett Reisman

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07 STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member: Garr...

JSC2010-E-041279 (17 March 2010) --- NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, STS-132 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Artic... more

5:00 A.M. Sunday May 8th, 1910. Starting out with papers from McIntyres Branch. Chestnut & 16th Sts. Location: St. Louis, Missouri

5:00 A.M. Sunday May 8th, 1910. Starting out with papers from McIntyre...

Title from NCLC caption card. Attribution to Hine based on provenance. In album: Street trades. Hine no. 1370. No text recorded after final comma. Credit line: National Child Labor Committee collection, Library... more

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07  STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member Stephen Bowen

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07 STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member Steph...

JSC2010-E-039451 (10 March 2010) --- NASA astronaut Steve Bowen, STS-132 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (... more

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07  STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member Stephen Bowen

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07 STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member Steph...

JSC2010-E-039444 (10 March 2010) --- NASA astronaut Steve Bowen, STS-132 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (... more

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07  STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member: Garrett Reisman

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07 STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member: Garr...

JSC2010-E-041277 (17 March 2010) --- NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, STS-132 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Artic... more

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07  STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member Stephen Bowen

STB-SS-1910 / 08 / 07 STS-132 SSATA Crew Training - Crew Member Steph...

JSC2010-E-039462 (10 March 2010) --- NASA astronaut Steve Bowen, STS-132 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (... more

CATHEDRAL OF STS. PETER AND PAUL. WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. FOR PARISH CHURCH. ST. ALBAN'S. SPANISH WAR MEMORIAL SERVICES AT PEACE CROSS

CATHEDRAL OF STS. PETER AND PAUL. WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. FOR P...

Title from unverified caption data received with the Harris & Ewing Collection. Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General information about the Harris & Ewing Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pn... more

CATHEDRAL OF STS. PETER AND PAUL. WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. FOR PARISH CHURCH. ST. ALBAN'S. SPANISH WAR MEMORIAL SERVICES AT PEACE CROSS

CATHEDRAL OF STS. PETER AND PAUL. WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. FOR P...

Title from unverified caption data received with the Harris & Ewing Collection. Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General information about the Harris & Ewing Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pn... more

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

JSC2010-E-101128 (24 June 2010) --- NASA astronaut Alvin Drew, STS-133 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (SS... more

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

JSC2010-E-101137 (24 June 2010) --- NASA astronaut Alvin Drew, STS-133 mission specialist, is visible on the screens in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (SSATA) Control Room in the Crew Systems Laboratory... more

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

JSC2010-E-101111 (24 June 2010) --- NASA astronaut Alvin Drew, STS-133 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (SS... more

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

JSC2010-E-101116 (24 June 2010) --- NASA astronaut Alvin Drew, STS-133 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (SS... more

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

JSC2010-E-101123 (24 June 2010) --- NASA astronaut Alvin Drew, STS-133 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (SS... more

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

JSC2010-E-101115 (24 June 2010) --- NASA astronaut Alvin Drew, STS-133 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (SS... more

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

STB-SS-1914 - SSATA Crew Training for STS-133 (B. A. Drew)

JSC2010-E-101119 (24 June 2010) --- NASA astronaut Alvin Drew, STS-133 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article (SS... more

STS-130 Endeavour Landing 2010-1940

STS-130 Endeavour Landing 2010-1940

STS-130 Endeavour Landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Solid Rocket Booster Retrieval Ship Freedom Star delivers a spent shuttle booster to workers at Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The booster was used during space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 launch from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A on Feb. 24. The shuttle’s two solid rocket booster casings and associated flight hardware are recovered in the Atlantic Ocean after every launch by Freedom Star and Liberty Star. The boosters impact the Atlantic about seven minutes after liftoff and the retrieval ships are stationed about 10 miles from the impact area at the time of splashdown.  After the spent segments are processed, they will be transported to Utah, where they will be refurbished and stored, if needed. Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky KSC-2011-1940

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Solid Rocket Booster Retrieval Ship Freedo...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Solid Rocket Booster Retrieval Ship Freedom Star delivers a spent shuttle booster to workers at Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The booster was used during ... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Crew members in a skiff from Liberty Star, one of NASA's solid rocket booster retrieval ships, usher a spent shuttle booster to Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The booster was used during space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 launch from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A on Feb. 24. The shuttle’s two solid rocket booster casings and associated flight hardware are recovered in the Atlantic Ocean after every launch by Freedom Star and Liberty Star. The boosters impact the Atlantic about seven minutes after liftoff and the retrieval ships are stationed about 10 miles from the impact area at the time of splashdown.  After the spent segments are processed, they will be transported to Utah, where they will be refurbished and stored, if needed. Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky KSC-2011-1945

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Crew members in a skiff from Liberty Star, one...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Crew members in a skiff from Liberty Star, one of NASA's solid rocket booster retrieval ships, usher a spent shuttle booster to Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ... more

At a 50th anniversary gala capping a year-long celebration of 50 years of launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Center Director Roy Bridges (left) receives a plaque from committee chairman Ed Gormel. The plaque has a photo of the first rocket launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFSj) and an anniversary patch below it that was flown on STS-99. The first launch at CCAFS took place at 9:28 a.m. on July 24, 1950, with the liftoff of Bumper 8 from Launch Complex 3. The gala, hosted by the Cape Canaveral Chapter Air Force Association, featured such speakers as Center Director Roy Bridges; Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Lt. Gen. Roger DeKok; and the Honorable David Weldon, U.S. representative of Florida’s 15th Congressional District KSC00pp0926

At a 50th anniversary gala capping a year-long celebration of 50 years...

At a 50th anniversary gala capping a year-long celebration of 50 years of launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Center Director Roy Bridges (left) receives a plaque from committee chairman Ed Gormel. ... more

At a 50th anniversary gala capping a year-long celebration of 50 years of launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Center Director Roy Bridges (left) receives a plaque from committee chairman Ed Gormel. The plaque has a photo of the first rocket launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFSj) and an anniversary patch below it that was flown on STS-99. The first launch at CCAFS took place at 9:28 a.m. on July 24, 1950, with the liftoff of Bumper 8 from Launch Complex 3. The gala, hosted by the Cape Canaveral Chapter Air Force Association, featured such speakers as Center Director Roy Bridges; Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Lt. Gen. Roger DeKok; and the Honorable David Weldon, U.S. representative of Florida’s 15th Congressional District KSC-00pp0926

At a 50th anniversary gala capping a year-long celebration of 50 years...

At a 50th anniversary gala capping a year-long celebration of 50 years of launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Center Director Roy Bridges (left) receives a plaque from committee chairman Ed Gormel. ... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers disconnect shuttle Endeavour from its transport. An attached overhead crane will lift the spacecraft into a high bay where it will be attached to the waiting external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters.              Endeavour and its STS-134 crew will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-3, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a high-pressure gas tank, additional spare parts for Dextre and micrometeoroid debris shields to the International Space Station. Endeavour's final launch is targeted for April 19 at 7:48 p.m. EDT. For more information visit, http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts134/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2011-1950

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Ken...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers disconnect shuttle Endeavour from its transport. An attached overhead crane will lift the spacecraft i... more

STS-132 ET-136 ARRIVAL THRU PORT CANAVERAL 2010-1950

STS-132 ET-136 ARRIVAL THRU PORT CANAVERAL 2010-1950

STS-132 ET-136 ARRIVAL THRU PORT CANAVERAL

The Aral Sea, Kazakhstan taken from Atlantis during STS-106

The Aral Sea, Kazakhstan taken from Atlantis during STS-106

STS106-704-092 (8-20 September 2000) --- One of the STS-106 crew members on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis used a handheld 70mm camera to photograph this image of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Ac... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians prepare to install three gaseous hydrogen flow control valves on space shuttle Discovery.  The valves were retested after installation. Part of the main propulsion system, the valves channel gaseous hydrogen from the main engines to the external tank. NASA and contractor teams have worked to identify what caused damage to a flow control valve on shuttle Endeavour during its November 2008 flight.  Space Shuttle Program managers decided to replace Discovery's valves with others that have undergone a detailed eddy current inspection.  Program managers will review the testing and determine whether to meet on March 6 for the Flight Readiness Review for the STS-119 mission.  Launch of Discovery tentatively is targeted for March 12.   Photo credit: NASA/Chris Rhodes KSC-2009-1950

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Cente...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – On Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians prepare to install three gaseous hydrogen flow control valves on space shuttle Discovery. The valves were reteste... more

STS-132 ET-136 OFFLOAD FROM BARGE AND XFER TO VAB 2010-1971

STS-132 ET-136 OFFLOAD FROM BARGE AND XFER TO VAB 2010-1971

STS-132 ET-136 OFFLOAD FROM BARGE AND XFER TO VAB

This diagram illustrates the Space Shuttle mission sequence. The Space Shuttle was approved as a national program in 1972 and developed through the 1970s. Part spacecraft and part aircraft, the Space Shuttle orbiter, the brain and the heart of the Space Transportation System (STS), required several technological advances, including thousands of insulating tiles able to stand the heat of reentry over the course of many missions, as well as sophisticated engines that could be used again and again without being thrown away. The airplane-like orbiter has three main engines, that burn liquid hydrogen and oxygen stored in the large external tank, the single largest structure in the Shuttle. Attached to the tank are two solid rocket boosters that provide the vehecile with most of the thrust needed for liftoff. Two minutes into the flight, the spent solids drop into the ocean to be recovered and refurbished for reuse, while the orbiter engines continue burning until approximately 8 minutes into the flight. After the mission is completed, the orbiter lands on a runway like an airplane. n/a

This diagram illustrates the Space Shuttle mission sequence. The Space...

This diagram illustrates the Space Shuttle mission sequence. The Space Shuttle was approved as a national program in 1972 and developed through the 1970s. Part spacecraft and part aircraft, the Space Shuttle or... more

Crippen, pilot for STS-1, during a training session

Crippen, pilot for STS-1, during a training session

S79-25016 (13 Dec. 1978) --- Astronaut Robert L. Crippen, pilot for the first space shuttle orbital flight test, descends steps leading into the water immersion facility (WIF) during a training session in the J... more

ASTRONAUT CRIPPEN, ROBERT L. - PILOT - STS-1 - TRAINING - JSC

ASTRONAUT CRIPPEN, ROBERT L. - PILOT - STS-1 - TRAINING - JSC

S79-25007 (13 Dec. 1978) --- Astronaut Robert L. Crippen, pilot for the first space shuttle orbital flight test (STS-1), is assisted by technicians prior to entering a water immersion facility (WIF) during a tr... more

Crippen, pilot for STS-1, during a training session

Crippen, pilot for STS-1, during a training session

S79-25014 (13 Dec. 1978) --- Astronaut Robert L. Crippen, pilot of the first space shuttle orbital flight test (STS-1), eases into a water immersion facility (WIF) during a training session in the Johnson Space... more

Simulations - Mission Control Center (MCC) - STS-1 - JSC

Simulations - Mission Control Center (MCC) - STS-1 - JSC

S79-30442 (29 March 1979) --- Granvil A. (Al) Pennington studies the monitor on his console – the instrumentation/communications officer (INCO) position – during simulations in the mission operations control ro... more

Official STS-1 Crew Insignia

Official STS-1 Crew Insignia

S79-30685 (10 March 1979) --- This is the official insignia for the first space shuttle orbital flight test (STS-1). Crew of the 102 Columbia on STS-1 will be astronauts John W. Young, commander, and Robert L. ... more

OFFICIAL PORTRAIT - CRIPPEN, ROBERT L., ASTRONAUT - STS-1

OFFICIAL PORTRAIT - CRIPPEN, ROBERT L., ASTRONAUT - STS-1

S79-31777 (7 May 1979) --- Astronaut Robert L. Crippen.

OFFICIAL PORTRAIT - CRIPPEN, ROBERT L., ASTRONAUT - STS-1

OFFICIAL PORTRAIT - CRIPPEN, ROBERT L., ASTRONAUT - STS-1

S79-31776 (29 April 1979) - Astronaut John W. Young, STS-1 Commander.

Portraits - STS-1

Portraits - STS-1

S79-31775 (29 April 1979) --- These two astronauts are the prime crewmen for the first flight in the Space Transportation System (STS-1) program. Astronauts John W. Young, left, commander, and Robert L. Crippen... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The STS-1, orbiter Columbia, arrives at Launch Complex 39A after being rolled out of the VAB. Photo credit: NASA KSC-80PC-0737

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The STS-1, orbiter Columbia, arrives at Launch ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The STS-1, orbiter Columbia, arrives at Launch Complex 39A after being rolled out of the VAB. Photo credit: NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – STS-1, orbiter Columbia, sits at Launch Complex 39A after being rolled out of the VAB.    Photo credit: NASA KSC-80PC-0741

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – STS-1, orbiter Columbia, sits at Launch Complex...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – STS-1, orbiter Columbia, sits at Launch Complex 39A after being rolled out of the VAB. Photo credit: NASA

STS-1 COLUMBIA - ORBITER VEHICLE (OV)-102 - PREFLIGHT NIGHT PROCESSING - KSC

STS-1 COLUMBIA - ORBITER VEHICLE (OV)-102 - PREFLIGHT NIGHT PROCESSING...

S87-26113 (5 March 1981) --- A timed exposure of the space shuttle Columbia at Launch Pad A, Complex 39, turns the space vehicle and support facilities into a night-time fantasy of light. Structures to the left... more

A timed exposure of the first Space Shuttle, STS-1, at Launch Pad A, Complex 39, turns the space vehicle and support facilities into a night-time fantasy of light. To the left of the Shuttle are the fixed and the rotating service structures. KSC-81PC-0136

A timed exposure of the first Space Shuttle, STS-1, at Launch Pad A, C...

A timed exposure of the first Space Shuttle, STS-1, at Launch Pad A, Complex 39, turns the space vehicle and support facilities into a night-time fantasy of light. To the left of the Shuttle are the fixed and t... more

PREFLIGHT - STS-1 - KSC

PREFLIGHT - STS-1 - KSC

S81-28974 (March 1981) --- An early morning scene at the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39, with the space shuttle Columbia in position on Pad A at right. Launch for the STS-1 mission is set for April 10... more

STS-1 - PRIME AND BACKUP - CREWMEMBERS - TELECONFERENCE - JSC

STS-1 - PRIME AND BACKUP - CREWMEMBERS - TELECONFERENCE - JSC

S81-29618 (6 April 1981) --- STS-1 prime and backup astronaut crew members look at visuals during a coordinated teleconference with engineers. Seated at the table in a briefing room at NASA's Johnson Space Cent... more

STS-1 - PRIME AND BACKUP - CREWMEMBERS (ASTRONAUTS) - BRIEFING - JSC

STS-1 - PRIME AND BACKUP - CREWMEMBERS (ASTRONAUTS) - BRIEFING - JSC

S81-29620 (6 April 1981) --- Prime and backup crew members for STS-1 take part in a briefing with engineers located in another building at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) and with Rockwell International repre... more

STS-1 - PRIME CREWMEMBERS - TELECONFERENCE - JSC

STS-1 - PRIME CREWMEMBERS - TELECONFERENCE - JSC

S81-29619 (6 April 1981) --- STS-1 astronauts John W. Young, left, and Robert L. Crippen direct their attention to a chart on a screen in a small briefing room at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC). They are tak... more

OFFICIAL STS-2 CREW STATION

OFFICIAL STS-2 CREW STATION

S81-29900 (May 1981) --- This is the official insignia for STS-2 the United States second space shuttle orbital flight test mission. Crewmen are astronauts Joe H. Engle, commander, and Richard H. Truly, pilot. ... more

Official STS-3 Crew Insignia

Official STS-3 Crew Insignia

S82-26315 (4 Feb. 1982) --- This is the insignia for NASA's third flight (STS-3) of the Space Transportation System's (STS) Columbia, depicted in the middle of the blue sphere against the background of the sun.... more

LAUNCH - STS-1 - KSC

LAUNCH - STS-1 - KSC

S81-30498 (12 April 1981) --- After six years of silence, the thunder of manned spaceflight is heard again, as the successful launch of the first space shuttle ushers in a new concept in utilization of space. T... more

Launch views of the Columbia for the STS-1 mission, April 12, 1981

Launch views of the Columbia for the STS-1 mission, April 12, 1981

S81-30462 (12 April 1981) --- The space shuttle Columbia rises off Pad 39A a few seconds past 7 a.m. (EST) on April 12, 1981. Onboard, astronauts John W. Young, STS-1 commander, and Robert L. Crippen, pilot, h... more

Launch Views - Columbia - STS-1 Mission - KSC

Launch Views - Columbia - STS-1 Mission - KSC

S81-30459 (12 April 1981) --- A remote camera at the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A captured this scene as the maiden flight of space shuttle Columbia begins. Astronauts John W. Young, STS-1 commander, a... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After six years of silence, the thunder of manned space flight is heard again as the successful launch of the first Space Shuttle ushers in a new concept in utilization of space. The April 12 launch at Pad 39A, just seconds past 7 a.m., carries astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen into an Earth orbital mission scheduled to last for 54 hours, ending with unpowered landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. STS-1, the first in a series of shuttle vehicles planned for the Space Transportation sysstem, utilizes reusable launch and return components ksc-81pc-382

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After six years of silence, the thunder ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After six years of silence, the thunder of manned space flight is heard again as the successful launch of the first Space Shuttle ushers in a new concept in utilization of space. T... more

Launch views of the Columbia for the STS-1 mission, April 12, 1981

Launch views of the Columbia for the STS-1 mission, April 12, 1981

S81-30463 (12 April 1981) --- The space shuttle Columbia rises off Pad 39A a few seconds past 7 a.m. (EST) on April 12, 1981. Onboard, astronauts John W. Young, STS-1 commander, and Robert L. Crippen, pilot, ... more

PRESS RELEASE IMAGE - STS-1 - CREW ACTIVITIES

PRESS RELEASE IMAGE - STS-1 - CREW ACTIVITIES

S81-30420 (12-14 April 1981) --- Astronaut Robert L. Crippen, pilot for STS-1 takes advantage of zero-gravity to do some rare acrobatics on the middeck of the space shuttle Columbia in Earth orbit. This 35mm fr... more

LAUNCH - STS-1 - KSC

LAUNCH - STS-1 - KSC

S81-30499 (12 April 1981) --- Space shuttle Columbia flies. Just seconds past the scheduled launch time of 7 a.m. on April 12, 1981, America's Space Transportation System becomes a fact, with the liftoff of the... more

PRESS RELEASE IMAGE - STS-1 - CREW ACTIVITIES

PRESS RELEASE IMAGE - STS-1 - CREW ACTIVITIES

S81-30422 (12-14 April 1981) --- Astronaut John W. Young, STS-1 commander, cleans off his razor after shaving his face on the middeck of the space shuttle orbiter Columbia. A food tray can be seen mounted on a ... more

Mission Control Activities (MCC) - STS-1 Mission - JSC

Mission Control Activities (MCC) - STS-1 Mission - JSC

S81-30386 (14 April 1981) --- Flight director Charles R. Lewis, left, studies a chart display on his console?s monitor in the mission operations control room (MOCR) in the Johnson Space Center?s Mission Control... more

LAUNCH - STS-1 - KSC

LAUNCH - STS-1 - KSC

S81-30501 (12 April 1981) --- Nose pointed skyward, space shuttle Columbia begins its climb toward orbit moments after solid rocket booster ignition in this first view of a dramatic liftoff sequence photographe... more

Press Pelease Image - STS-1 - Earth View

Press Pelease Image - STS-1 - Earth View

S81-30396 (12-14 April 1981) --- A vertical view of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas and part of the great Bahama Bank, as photographed with a 70mm handheld camera from the space shuttle Columbia in Earth orbit.... more

LAUNCH (IGOR) - STS-1

LAUNCH (IGOR) - STS-1

S81-33179 (12 April 1981) --- Though their STS-1 task has been performed, the two solid rocket boosters (SRB) still glow following their jettisoning from the space shuttle Columbia on its way to many firsts. Am... more

Launch Views - Columbia - STS-1 Mission - KSC

Launch Views - Columbia - STS-1 Mission - KSC

S81-30460 (12 April 1981) --- A remote camera at the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A captured this scene as the maiden flight of space shuttle Columbia begins. Astronauts John W. Young, STS-1 commander, a... more

LAUNCH (IGOR) - STS-1

LAUNCH (IGOR) - STS-1

S81-33180 (12 April 1981) --- The two solid rocket boosters are jettisoned from the climbing space shuttle Columbia as a successful launch phase continues for NASA's first manned space mission since 1975. Astr... more

LAUNCH (IGOR) - STS-1

LAUNCH (IGOR) - STS-1

S81-33178 (12 April 1981) --- The two solid rocket boosters are jettisoned from the climbing space shuttle Columbia as a successful launch phase continues for NASA's first manned space mission since 1975. Astr... more

LAUNCH (SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER [SRB]) - STS-1

LAUNCH (SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER [SRB]) - STS-1

S81-30505 (12 April 1981) --- Separation of space shuttle Columbia?s external tank, photographed by motion picture cameras in the umbilical bays, occurred following the shutdown of the vehicle?s three main engi... more

STS-1 - LAUNCH DAY - MISSION CONTROL CENTER (MCC) ACTIVITIES

STS-1 - LAUNCH DAY - MISSION CONTROL CENTER (MCC) ACTIVITIES

S81-30216 (12 April 1981) --- Astronaut Joe H. Engle, backup crew commander for STS-1, watches a large screen in the mission operations control room of the Johnson Space Center?s Mission Control Center during t... more

LAUNCH (SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER [SRB]) - STS-1

LAUNCH (SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER [SRB]) - STS-1

S81-30509 (12 April 1981) --- Separation of space shuttle Columbia?s external tank, photographed by motion picture cameras in the umbilical bays, occurred following the shutdown of the vehicle?s three main engi... more

STS-1 ONBOARD PHOTOGRAPHY - STS-1-7-0502:  STS-1 Pilot Robert Crippen at lunch. KSC-81PC1125

STS-1 ONBOARD PHOTOGRAPHY - STS-1-7-0502: STS-1 Pilot Robert Crippen ...

STS-1 ONBOARD PHOTOGRAPHY - STS-1-7-0502: STS-1 Pilot Robert Crippen at lunch.

LAUNCH - STS-1 - KSC

LAUNCH - STS-1 - KSC

S81-30502 (12 April 1981) --- Space shuttle Columbia’s aft orbiter section dominates the field of view in this fifth frame of a dramatic liftoff sequence photographed from the 275-foot level of the Fixed Servic... more

INFLIGHT (MISSION CONTROL CENTER [MCC]) - STS-1 - ELLINGTON AFB (EAFB), TX

INFLIGHT (MISSION CONTROL CENTER [MCC]) - STS-1 - ELLINGTON AFB (EAFB)...

S81-32876 (13 April 1981) --- Brig. Gen. William T. Twinting studies the monitor at the Department of Defense (DOD) console in the mission operations control room (MOCR) at the Johnson Space Center?s Mission Co... more

POST-LANDING - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

POST-LANDING - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

S81-31913 (14 April 1981) --- This head-on photograph of NASA's space shuttle Columbia was taken during post-landing servicing on Rogers dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. The STS-1 ... more

LANDING (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

LANDING (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

S81-30845 (14 April 1981) --- The 122-feet-long (37.2 meters) space shuttle orbiter Columbia approaches its dry lake bed landing site at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California to successfully complete a ... more

LANDING (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

LANDING (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

S81-30843 (14 April 1981) --- Astronaut John W. Young, STS-1 commander, egresses the space shuttle orbiter Columbia following her successful landing on Rogers dry lake bed on southern California?s Edwards Air F... more

STS-1 - Landing View - Edwards AFB (EAFB), CA

STS-1 - Landing View - Edwards AFB (EAFB), CA

S81-30425 (14 April 1981) --- The space shuttle orbiter Columbia is seen from the front as it heads for a touchdown atop a dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. A T-38 chase plane follo... more

POST-LAUNCH (SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER [SRB]) - STS-1 - FL

POST-LAUNCH (SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER [SRB]) - STS-1 - FL

S81-30953 (13 April 1981) --- With one of the two expended solid rocket boosters from the launch of the space shuttle Columbia in tow, the recovery ship UTC Liberty heads toward the Trident Submarine Basin at P... more

DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER, CALIF.  -   Orbiter Columbia "flares out" for a landing at Rogers dry lake Runway 23, successfully completing the historic first flight for the Space Shuttle.  Astronauts John Young, Commander, and Robert Crippen, Pilot, crewed the spacecraft for the first full test of the Space Transportation System. STS-1, known as a shuttle systems test flight, seeks to 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. KSC-81PC0425

DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER, CALIF. - Orbiter Columbia "flares ou...

DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER, CALIF. - Orbiter Columbia "flares out" for a landing at Rogers dry lake Runway 23, successfully completing the historic first flight for the Space Shuttle. Astronauts John You... more

LANDING - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

LANDING - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

S81-30734 (14 April 1981) --- The rear wheels of the space shuttle orbiter Columbia (STS-1) touch down on Rogers dry lake at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California to successfully complete a stay in spac... more

LANDING (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

LANDING (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

S81-30846 (14 April 1981) --- Astronaut John W. Young (near center of photo), STS-1 commander, egresses the space shuttle Columbia upon the completion of checklist activities following the successful landing of... more

LANDING (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

LANDING (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

S81-30852 (14 April 1981) --- Astronaut Robert L. Crippen, pilot for the STS-1 flight, egresses the NASA space shuttle following touchdown of the Columbia on Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, Californi... more

STS-1 - LAUNCH - KSC

STS-1 - LAUNCH - KSC

The Space Shuttle Columbia begins a new era of space transportation when it lifts off from NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The reusable Orbiter, its two (2) fuel tanks and two (2) Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB) ... more

INFLIGHT (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1

INFLIGHT (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1

S81-30419 (12-14 April 1981) --- Astronaut John W. Young, mans the commander?s station in the Columbia during the 36-orbit STS-1 flight. A loose leaf notebook with flight activities data floats in the weightle... more

STS-1 - LAUNCH - KSC

STS-1 - LAUNCH - KSC

The Space Shuttle Columbia begins a new era of space transportation when it lifts off from NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The reusable Orbiter, its two (2) fuel tanks and two (2) Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB) ... more

LANDING (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

LANDING (CREW ACTIVITIES) - STS-1 - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

S81-30853 (14 April 1981) --- Astronaut John W. Young, left center talks with George W.S. Abbey, director of flight operations at Johnson Space Center, following egress from the STS-1 Columbia, which forms the ... more

Crew activities around the orbiter after the landing of STS-1

Crew activities around the orbiter after the landing of STS-1

Astronaut Robert L. Crippen, right, is greeted by wife Virginia following landing of mission STS-1. Behind Mrs. Crippon is George W.S. Abbey, Director of Flight Operations at JSC (30850); Astronaut John W. Youn... more

STS-2 - SIMULATION - RIDE, SALLY, ASTRONAUT - JSC

STS-2 - SIMULATION - RIDE, SALLY, ASTRONAUT - JSC

S81-33963 (July 1981) --- Mission specialist/astronaut Sally K. Ride and Dale E. Moore of the flight control division?s electrical, mechanical and environmental systems branch take a special interest in a simul... more

Astronaut Sally Ride - CapCom Console - STS-2 Simulation

Astronaut Sally Ride - CapCom Console - STS-2 Simulation

Astronaut Sally Ride at the CapCom console during the STS-2 simulation. She appears to be speaking to the crew using a headset.

Astronauts Sally Ride and Terry Hart prepare for RMS training for STS-2

Astronauts Sally Ride and Terry Hart prepare for RMS training for STS-...

Astronauts Sally Ride and Terry Hart prepare for remote manipulator system (RMS) training for STS-2 in bldg 9A. Views include Ride, Hart and Robert R. Kain of the Flight Activites Branch reviewing procedures fo... more

Astronaut Joe H. Engle, commander of STS-2, in suit donning/doffing exercise

Astronaut Joe H. Engle, commander of STS-2, in suit donning/doffing ex...

Astronaut Joe H. Engle, STS-2 commander, practices donning and doffing his extravehicular mobility unit (EMU) in the weightless environment afforded aboard a KC-135 "zero-gravity" aircraft.

STS-2 - PREPS - KSC

STS-2 - PREPS - KSC

S81-35998 (10 Aug. 1981) --- The orbiter Columbia creeps toward the vehicle assembly building (VAB) during its tow-over from the orbiter processing facility before dawn today. Columbia was backed out of its han... more

STS-2 - SOFTWARE INTEGRATION TESTS (SIT) - KSC

STS-2 - SOFTWARE INTEGRATION TESTS (SIT) - KSC

S81-36331 (24 Aug. 1981) --- Astronauts Joe H. Engle, left, and Richard H. Truly pause before participating in the integrated test of the assembled space shuttle components scheduled for launch no earlier than ... more

PRELAUNCH - STS-2 - KSC

PRELAUNCH - STS-2 - KSC

Aerial, ground level and night views of STS-2 Rollout to and on Pad 39A, 08/31/1981. KSC, FL