Monday Morning Inspiration 3


The powered flight took a total of about eight and a half minutes. It seemed to me it had gone by in a lash. We had gone from sitting still on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to traveling at 17,500 miles an hour in that eight and a half minutes. It is still mind-boggling to me. I recall making some statement on the air-to-ground radio for the benefit of my fellow astronauts, who had also been in the program a long time, that it was well worth the wait.

— Bob Crippen, STS-1 astronaut, regards first flight of the Space Shuttle, 12 April 1981.

 

NASA JSC Electronic Imagery

Source: This day in Aviation

On 14th, April 1981, Space Shuttle Columbia touchdown at Edwards Air Force Base completing the first space flight of the United States.

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