NASA is inviting the public to peruse some of of its best snaps on Flickr archive photo section The Commons, and has posted a few choice examples, including the first space shuttle launch back in 1981: The 1981 launch of Columbia. Pic: NASA Those of you who can remember when it was all fields round here will of course recall …
That's how NASA ......
gets rid of spiders !!!
(see later story: IT engineer fights spider with improvised flamethrower)
Columbia was also...
...the first time a NASA manned spacecraft went on a maiden voyage with a crew aboard. IIRC, John Young first found out about the Shuttle programme being given the green light whilst he was walking on the moon - he's a very cool, calm bloke; ideal for a shake-down flight.
You are correct!
Very good memory... Just finished re-watching "NASA Missions, When We left the Earth" and he mentions that point in an interview on the first shuttle launch.
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