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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Ohio Brewery Launches 'Spacewalker' Beer to Honor State's Astronauts
Ohio Brewing Company's 'Spacewalker' Beer
July 1st, 2014
The oldest microbrewery in Ohio is tapping into the state's connection to space history to offer a "bold, yet balanced" tribute to the Buckeye astronauts. Spacewalker American Belgo is the Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s new handcrafted Belgian-style ale.
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Space Shuttle Carrier Jet Arrives 'Home Sweet Home' After Houston Road Trip
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Enters Parking Lot
April 30th, 2014
Houston, the SCA has landed. The original of NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet that for three decades flew the agency's orbiters coast to coast, completed a two-night eight-mile road trip to Space Center Houston.
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Shuttle Contractor's 'Soft Mark' on History: Pins Honor Space Shuttle Team
United Space Alliance's Space Shuttle Mission Pin Collection
June 19th, 2014
United Space Alliance (USA) has put a pin in its role in space shuttle history. In fact, it has put in 135 pins.
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Space History Photo: McCandless on Arm in Aft Payload Bay
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May 9th, 2014
Astronaut Bruce McCandless II tests a Mobile Foot Restraint.
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Night Flight: NASA Shuttle Carrier Jet Taking Road Trip to Space Center Houston
NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on the Move
April 29th, 2014
NASA's space shuttle-carrying jumbo jet is on the move. Two years after its final orbiter ferry flights, NASA 905, the space agency's original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, set off on a two night road trip to Space Center Houston.
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Space History Photo: EVAtion
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April 11th, 2014
Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II, is seen further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut has ever been.
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Dream Chaser Space Plane Prototype to Fly Again in 2014
Dream Chaser Launch Illustration
June 12th, 2014
The Dream Chaser space plane will see some more airtime later this year. Representatives of Sierra Nevada Corp., the company developing Dream Chaser, are planning to launch the space shuttle-like vehicle to space in November 2016.
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Astronaut Hall of Fame Inducts Two Record-Setting Space Shuttle Fliers
Lucid and Ross Inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
May 6th, 2014
The Astronaut of Hall of Fame inducted two new members on May 3, during a ceremony that was the first to be held under the retired shuttle Atlantis. It was only coincidence that both inductees had made history while flying aboard that particular orbiter.
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NASA Shuttle Carrier Jumbo Jet Ready to Roll on Houston Road Trip
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905
April 28th, 2014
'Oversize Load.' So cautions bright orange signs positioned alongside roads leading to and from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The traffic advisories were placed in advance of NASA 905, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, being moved.
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