Discovery's Launch Marks Beginning of End for NASA Shuttle Program
1981: NASA begins shuttle program
35 Years Ago First Space Shuttle Mission 1981 NASA Film - PREVIEW
Space Shuttle Launch
The Space Shuttle program was the fourth human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which accomplished routine transportation for Earth-to-orbit crew and cargo from 1981 to 2011. Its official name, Space Transportation System (STS), was taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development.