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First Space Shuttle flight. Space Shuttle Columbia on its final approach prior to landing after STS-1. STS-1 was the first orbital flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program. Columbia launched on 12th April 1981 and returned to Earth on 14th April, having orbited the Earth 37 times during the 54.5-hour mission. Photographed at Edwards Air Force Base in the Rogers Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, California, USA, on 14th April 1981.
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