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First Space Shuttle launch. First launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia, showing the two solid rocket boosters after being jettisoned. This mission (STS-1) was NASA's first mission aboard a reusable spacecraft and carried US astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen. The shuttle was launched from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA, on 12th April 1981. The mission lasted for 54 hours, and touched down at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
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