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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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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Space Exploration Changed 50 Years Ago Today: The 1st US Spacewalk
Ed White Spacesuit
June 3rd, 2015
The United States first stepped out into the void of space 50 years ago today (June 3). NASA astronaut Ed White left the safety of the Gemini 4 spacecraft equipped with nothing but a spacesuit, a tether and a small gas gun for maneuvering.
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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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Space Lovers Urged to Shoot for the Stars with DIY Satellites
Mason Peck Holds up A Sprite
June 21st, 2015
A public astronomy event at the Intrepid air and Space Museum in New York City featured a talk by Mason Peck, director of Cornell University’s Space System’s Design Studio and NASA’s former chief technologist.
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Astronaut in 'Jeopardy!' Mark Kelly to Join Celebrities on Game Show
Mark Kelly to Appear on Jeopardy! Game Show
April 28th, 2015
His twin brother now on a yearlong mission aboard the space station, this former NASA astronaut is slated to compete on "Celebrity Jeopardy!" in May. Who is Mark Kelly?
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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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Historic Space Shuttle Access Arm Reaches Out to Public in Temporary Display
Orbiter Access Arm and White Room
May 12th, 2015
A large piece of a space shuttle launch pad has landed on temporary display, where the public may catch sight of it. The gantry arm that for 30 years served as the walkway into the space shuttles has been moved outside at the Kennedy Space Center.
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