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Space Shuttle program


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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.
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  • Background 

  • Conception and development 

  • Program history 

  • Accomplishments 

  • Accidents 

  • Retirement 

  • Preservations 

  • Passenger modules 

  • Successors 

  • Assets and transition plan 

  • Criticism 

  • Support vehicles