Thirty Years of NASA Space Shuttle Missions

NASA's space shuttle fleet is hanging up its wings after 30 years. The first shuttle flight, STS-1, launched on April 12, 1981.
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Nichelle Nichols, African-American Astronauts Honored at Gala
Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura, Star Trek
September 16th, 2015
During an award ceremony last month, the organization Shades of Blue recognized Nichelle Nichols — Lt. Uhura from the original "Star Trek" series — for her role in recruiting women and minorities to become NASA astronauts.
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NASA Extracting Tanks from Retired Shuttle Endeavour for Use on Space Station
Water Storage Tanks on Endeavour
August 17th, 2015
NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour, on exhibit in Los Angeles since 2012, has been called back into service — or rather, parts of it have — for the benefit of the International Space Station. NASA will remove four water tanks.
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NASA Exhibits Space Shuttles Challenger, Columbia Debris for First Time
Space Shuttle Challenger Wreckage on Display
June 29th, 2015
Artifacts recovered from the wreckages of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles are for the first time now on public display, as part of a powerful new exhibit that honors the two spacecraft and their fallen astronaut crewmembers.
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Boeing Opens Renovated Shuttle Facility for 'Starliner' Crewed Space Capsule
Boeing's Starliner Facility at Kennedy Space Center
September 4th, 2015
Boeing opened the doors to its commercial spacecraft processing facility, signaling the grand opening of the repurposed shuttle-era building and revealing Starliner as the name of the CST-100 crewed capsules that will be assembled for launch inside.
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2nd Woman Shuttle Commander Recounts Spaceflight Joys, Challenges
Astronaut Melroy Floating
August 7th, 2015
Former NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy recently shared her experiences and insights about spaceflight and exploration.
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See USS Enterprise Morph from Sailing Ship to Starship (Video)
Original Starship Enterprise Model at Air and Space Museum
June 25th, 2015
A new video infographic shows off some of the vessels that have borne the name "Enterprise" over the years, from an 18th-century sailing ship to multiple iterations of the famous spacecraft in the fictional "Star Trek" universe.
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Photos Show How NASA Removed Tanks from Retired Space Shuttles for Station
Shuttle Endeavour's Water Tanks
August 27th, 2015
Behind-the-scenes photographs reveal how the water storage tanks deep inside NASA's space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour were extracted by the space agency for their use onboard the International Space Station.
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NASA Hands Over Historic Shuttle Landing Facility For Commercial Use
NASA Hands Over Shuttle Landing Facility
June 22nd, 2015
The runway in Florida where space shuttles touched down for nearly 30 years has a new commercial mission. NASA handed over its historic Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center to Space Florida to advance a new era of spaceflight.
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