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12/04/1981 First Space Shuttle Launch

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The Greatest Test Flight - STS-1 (Full Mission 03)

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NBC News Coverage of STS-1 The 1st Space Shuttle Mission Part 1

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First Space Shuttle Launch - STS-1 (1981)

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First space shuttle landing Columbia 1981

Brand new American Space Shuttle flew to the orbit for the first time. It carried a crew of two, mission commander John W. Young and pilot Robert L. Crippen. It was the first American manned space flight since the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. The launch occurred on the 20th anniversary of the first-ever human spaceflight.
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    • Essentials 

    • Other Space Shuttle missions 

    • Crew 

    • Mission parameters 

    • Suborbital mission plan 

    • Mission summary 

    • Mission insignia 

    • Anniversary 

    • External tank 

    • In popular culture 

    • Wake-up calls 

    • Pad fatalities