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Space Shuttle launch, artwork. The Space Shuttles were spacecraft designed to be launched into low Earth orbit. Operated by NASA, the US space administration, they flew 135 missions from 1981 to 2011. They were reusable launch vehicles that glided back to the surface after they re-entered Earth's atmosphere at the end of each mission. They were launched from the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, USA.
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