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Space Shuttle

By Patrick Mondout

From the initial flight of Columbia in 1981 to the tragedy of the Challenger tragedy in 1986 to the return of the shuttle in 1988, the Awesome80s were filled with memorable space shuttle moments.

Space Shuttles

Enterprise: (Test only, 1977-85)

Pathfinder: (Test only, 1977)

Columbia: 1981-2003

Challenger: 1982-86

Discovery: 1983-

Atlantis: 1985-

Endeavour: 1991-


We'll teach you all about the space shuttle. For example, did you ever wonder how the space shuttle got its name? We'll show you the Soviet-built shuttle called Buran.

We have extensive coverage of the Challenger tragedy, including biographies of the crew, a transcript of the voice recorder, and the complete report from the Presidential Commission on the accident.




Share Your Memories!

What do you remember about the Space Shuttle? Have you any compelling stories to share? Share your stories with the world! (We print the best stories right here!)

Your Memories Shared!

"I was the first production supervisor on the HRSI (INSULATION TILE) project. Have had to cry twice, with both shuttle disasters, but I am very proud of the many many successful flight our tiles have protected. Looking foreward to many more."


" In 1989 I visited U.S under International Visitor Program. During that time I visited the Space Centre at Cape Canaveral. We four Indian science journalists were taken to the hall where some of the tiles of the Shuttle were being replaced. I saw the awesome Shuttle at very close quarters. I was even tempted to touch it. Now I am 70 and I still cherish that particular moment.very few could go near the Space Shuttle, I had that very rare opportunity."

--Ramadurai Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

Space References (Books):
Dickinson, Terence. Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe. Firefly Books, 1998.
Greene, Brian. Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory. Vintage, 2000.
Hawking, Stephen. Illustrated Brief History of Time, Updated and Expanded Edition. Bantam, 1996.
Hawking, Stephen. Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe. New Millenium, 2002.
Hawking, Stephen. The Universe in a Nutshell. Bantam, 2001.
Kaku, Michio. Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps and the Tenth Dimension.
Kranz, Gene. Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond. Berkley Pub Group, 2001.
Sagan, Carl; Druyan, Ann. Comet, Revised Edition. Ballantine, 1997
Sagan, Carl. Cosmos, Reissue Edition. Ballantine, 1993
Sagan, Carl. Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. Ballantine, 1997

Space References (Videos):
Cosmos. PBS, 2000.
Stephen Hawking's Universe. PBS, 1997.
Hyperspace. BBC, 2002.
Life Beyond Earth PBS, 1999.
The Planets
. BBC, 1999.
Understanding The Universe. A&E, 1996.



Courtesy of NASA

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