NASA’s Space Shuttle Era through Rare Photos

NASA’s Space Shuttle Era is a part of history that many people may not know about. What was it like back in the day when we were launching astronauts into space with these shuttles? There are some rare photos from NASA that show what life was like for those who worked on and flew in the shuttle program. We will take a look at this era through these photos, and see how amazing they really are.The era of NASA’s space shuttle began with the Columbia test flight on April 12, 1981. It first launched assigned crews for missions STS-1 and STS-2 in 1981. The Endeavor was the first shuttle to fly after the Challenger disaster on February 07, 1997.

The Space Shuttle Era ended on July 21st, 2011 with the flight of Atlantis into retirement.

These photos are some of the last ever taken before the program was shut down. They truly show what it looked like inside and outside during this time period.

Even though these images may be rare, they really help us to see what life was like back in those days. We can only hope that we will have a much larger presence in space in the near future.

See some of the shuttle images below, and feel free to leave us your thoughts on them in the comments section.

The first image is a rare high resolution shot of space shuttle Columbia launching. This photo was taken by Mr. Allen Sandquist, who worked on the launch tower during STS-1 at Kennedy Space Center.
The next image is of shuttle Atlantis as it was taking off during an STS-125 mission.

This next image shows what space shuttle Columbia looked like with its orange external tank and black booster rockets.

The last image shows the sky over Kennedy Space Center where we can see a number of different types of aircraft in the area.

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