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Monday, January 10, 2011

Space Shuttle Enterprise First Historical Appearance: May 1, 1979

Space Shuttle Enterprise First Historical Appearance: May 1, 1979
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Space shuttle Enterprise made its first appearance mated to supportive propellant containers/boosters cluster, as it was rolled from the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center en route to the launch pad, some 3.5 miles away, on May 1, 1979. Enterprise underwent several weeks of fit and function checks on the pad in preparation for STS-1, on which its sister craft Columbia took astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen into space for a 54-hour test mission.
Credit: NASA

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