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Wanna Be a Star (1981)

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STS-1: The First Space Shuttle Mission, April 12, 1981

Thirty-five years ago on April 12, 1981, the Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia launched as part of STS-1, the first Space Shuttle mission, with the crew consisting of mission commander John Young and pilot Robert Crippen.  It was NASA’s first crewed space flight since the joint Apollo-Soyuz mission of 1975.

Learn more about STS-1 at @nasa‘s Mission Archives and STS-1 History Page.

  1. The space shuttle orbiter Columbia is launched for the first space transportation system test mission
    National Archives Identifier: 6347834 
  2. A crowd views the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Columbia begins the first reusable space transportation system test mission. 
    National Archives Identifier: 6347832
  3. The space shuttle orbiter Columbia lifts off the launch pad during the first space transportation system test mission.
    National Archives Identifier: 6347836
  4. The space shuttle orbiter Columbia is launched for the first space transportation system test mission. A lake (in the foreground) reflects the orbiter.
    National Archives Identifier: 6347835
  5. A view of the opened cargo bay of the space shuttle orbiter Columbia during the first space transportation system test mission. The deployed solar radiator is shown at the left, and the vertical stabilizer and orbital maneuvering system pods, in the background.
    National Archives Identifier: 6347837
  6. Space photo of Bleuthera Island, in the Bahamas, and the part of the Bahama Bank. The photo was taken from the space shuttle orbiter Columbia during the first space transportation system test mission.
    National Archives Identifier: 6347841
  7. Space photo of the Himalaya Mountains, in parts of India and China. The photo was taken from the space shuttle orbiter Columbia during the first space transportation system test mission.
    National Archives Identifier: 6347842
  8. An outer space view of the Colorado River, surrounded by part of Arizona and Utah. The photo was taken from the space shuttle orbiter Columbia during the first space transportation system test mission.
    National Archives Identifier: 6347840

Series: Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007
Record Group 330: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008

April 12 is also the anniversary of Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s voyage as the first human into space on 4/12/1961.  In recognition of these milestones, April 12 is now commemorated by the @united-nations as the International Day of Human Space Flight.

Can’t get enough STS-1?  Be sure to check out the series of STS-1 Mission Photos: STS-1: Mission Photographs Taken During the Space Shuttle Program