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August 6, 1995
Liftoff of Space Shuttle Columbia
Credit: NASA, Kennedy Space Centre
On April 12, 1981, space flight entered a new era with the
Space Shuttle Columbia,
shown above. NASA's Space Shuttles
land like a normal plane, carry a heavy cargo, carry a large crew,
make use of cheap solid fuel, and are reusable. Previous to this flight, no
manned orbiting space ship had ever landed on a runway. Space
Shuttles now are the flagships and the workhorses of
space going rockets.
For more information about NASA's Space Shuttle missions, see the
NASA Space Shuttle Launches page.
Tomorrow's picture: Night Launch of Endeavour
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