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Shuttle - Historical Events
Date Event
1961-04-30

1st shuttle flights between Washington DC, Boston & NYC begin (Eastern)

1972-01-05

US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle

1972-03-15

NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle

1972-08-09

Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct Space Shuttle

1973-11-05

BART starts SF-Daly City train shuttle service

1975-09-17

Rollout of 1st space shuttle orbiter Enterprise (OV-101)

1975-10-17

1st Space Shuttle main engine test at Natl Space Tech Labs, Miss

1976-07-18

Thiokol conducts 2-min firing of space shuttle's SRB at Brigham, Ut

1976-09-17

NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, Calif

1976-10-12

4th Space Shuttle Enterprise, approach & land test (ALT) flight

1977-02-18

Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on it's maiden flight

1977-02-19

Shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner

1977-02-26

1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)

1977-06-18

Space Shuttle test model "Enterprise" carries a crew aloft for 1st time, It was fixed to a modified Boeing 747

1977-08-12

Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight

1977-08-13

1st test glide of space shuttle

1977-09-13

2nd Test Cricket of Space Shuttle Enterprise

1977-09-23

3rd test of Space Shuttle Enterprise

1977-10-12

4th test of space shuttle Enterprise

1977-10-26

5th & final test of space shuttle Enterprise

1978-01-18

Thiokol conducts 2nd test firing of space shuttle's SRB

1979-03-08

Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale

1979-03-20

Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center

1979-06-15

1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds

1980-11-20

United Nations Gulf War mediator Olof Palme makes first unsuccessful peace shuttle between Tehran and Baghdad

1980-12-29

Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A

1981-03-19

2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident

1981-04-10

Computer glitch keeps Space Shuttle Columbia grounded

1981-04-12

Maiden voyage Space Transit System-space shuttle Columbia launched

1981-04-14

1st Space Shuttle-Columbia 1-returns to Earth

1981-08-26

Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission

1981-11-04

Columbia shuttle launch scrubbed with 31 secs remaining

1981-11-12

2nd shuttle mission-1st time spacecraft launched twice (Columbia 2)

1981-11-14

2nd Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 2-returns to Earth

1982-02-03

Columbia Shuttle moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating for STS-3 mission

1982-03-22

3rd Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 3 launched

1982-03-30

3rd space shuttle mission-Columbia 3 lands at White Sands, NM

1982-07-04

4th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 4 lands at Edwards AFB

1982-11-11

5th space shuttle mission-Columbia 5-launched 1st coml flight

1982-11-16

5th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 5-lands at Edwards AFB

1982-11-16

Space Shuttle Columbia completes its 1st operational flight

1983-04-04

6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched

1983-04-09

6th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 1 returns to Earth

1983-06-18

7th Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 launched-Sally Ride 1st US woman

1983-06-22

1st time a satellite is retrieved from orbit by Space Shuttle

1983-06-24

7th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 lands at Edwards AFB

1983-08-30

8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)

1983-09-05

8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-lands at Edwards AFB

1983-11-28

9th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 6-is launched

1983-12-08

9th Space Shuttle Mission, Columbia 6, lands at Edwards AFB

1984-02-03

10th Space Shuttle Mission (41B)-Challenger 4 launched

1984-02-11

10th space shuttle mission (41-B)-Challenger 4-returns to Earth

1984-04-06

11th Space Shuttle Mission (41-C)-Challenger 5 is launched

1984-04-10

Damaged Solar Max satellite snared by Challenger shuttle

1984-04-13

11th Space Shuttle Mission (41C)-Challenger 5-returns to Earth

1984-06-26

1st flight of Shuttle Discovery (41-D) scrubbed at T -4

1984-08-30

12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D)-Discovery 1-launched (6 days)

1984-09-05

12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D) -Discovery 1- lands at Edwards AFB

1984-10-05

13th Space Shuttle Mission (41-G)-Challenger 6-launched

1984-11-12

Space shuttle astronauts snared a satellite 1st space salvage

1984-11-16

14th Shuttle Mission (51A) -Discovery 2- lands at Kennedy Center

1985-01-24

15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched

1985-01-27

15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 returns to Earth

1985-04-12

16th Shuttle Mission (51D)-Discovery 4 launched-with Senator Jake Garn

1985-04-19

16th Space Shuttle Mission (51-D)-Discovery 4 returns to Earth

1985-04-29

17th space shuttle mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 launched

1985-05-06

17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards AFB

1985-06-17

18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 launched

1985-06-24

18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 returns to Earth

1985-07-11

Refurbished space shuttle Columbia moves overland from Palmdale to Dryden

1985-07-19

Christa McAuliffe chosen 1st school teacher to fly space shuttle

1985-07-29

19th Space Shuttle Mission (51-F)-Challenger 8-launched

1985-08-06

19th space shuttle mission (51-F), Challenger 8, lands at Edwards AFB

1985-08-27

20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I)-Discovery 6-launched

1985-09-03

20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I)-Discovery 6-returns to Earth

1985-09-08

Shuttle Discovery flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB

1985-10-03

21st Shuttle Mission (51J)-Atlantis 1-all-military flight launched

1985-10-07

21st Space Shuttle Mission (51-J)-Atlantis 1 lands at Edwards AFB

1985-10-15

Shuttle Columbia carries Spacelab into orbit

1985-10-30

22nd Space Shuttle Mission (61-A)-Challenger 9-launched

1985-11-06

22nd Space Shuttle Mission (61A) -Challenger 9- lands at Edwards AFB

1985-11-06

Space shuttle Challenger lands at Edwards, Calif

1985-11-26

23rd Space Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-is launched

1985-12-03

23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-lands at Edwards AFB

1986-01-12

24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched

1986-01-18

24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission-Columbia 7-returns to Earth

1986-01-28

25th Space Shuttle (51L)-Challenger 10 explodes 73 sec after liftoff

1986-03-24

NASA publishes "Strategy for Safely Returning the Space Shuttle to Flight Status"

1987-07-31

Rockwell International awarded contract to build a 5th shuttle

1988-09-26

US space shuttle STS-26 launched

1988-09-29

26th Space Shuttle mission, Discovery 7 launched

1988-10-03

26th Space Shuttle Mission, Discovery 7 returns to Earth after 4-days

1988-10-29

First scheduled Soviet shuttle launch (postponed)

1988-11-15

Soviet space shuttle makes unmanned maiden flight (2 orbits)

1988-12-05

Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite

1989-03-13

27th shuttle, Discovery 8, launched, 1st woman to do the countdown

1989-03-13

US space shuttle STS-29 launched

1989-03-18

27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth

1989-03-31

Donald Trump purchases Eastern's Northeast Shuttle

1989-05-04

US space shuttle STS-30 launched

1989-05-08

US space shuttle STS-30 lands

1989-08-08

US space shuttle STS-28 launched

1989-08-13

US space shuttle STS-28 lands

1989-08-15

US Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle

1990-04-25

Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by shuttle Discovery

1990-12-10

Space Shuttle STS 35 (Columbia 11) lands

1991-04-05

Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) launched

1991-04-11

Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) lands

1991-04-28

Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) launched

1991-05-06

Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands

1991-06-05

Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) launched

1991-06-14

Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) lands

1991-08-02

Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) launched

1991-08-11

Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) lands

1991-09-12

Space shuttle STS 48 (Discovery 14) launched

1991-09-18

Space shuttle STS 48 (Discovery 14) lands

1992-01-22

Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) launches into space

1992-01-30

Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) lands

1992-03-24

Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) launches into space

1992-03-24

1st Belgium in the space, Dirk Frimout on Atlantis Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) launches into space

1992-04-02

Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) lands

1992-04-12

Trump Shuttle becomes US Air Shuttle

1992-05-07

US space shuttle STS-49 launched (maiden voyage of Endeavour)

1992-05-16

US space shuttle STS-49 lands (maiden voyage of Endeavour)

1992-07-09

Space Shuttle STS 50 (Columbia 13) lands

1992-09-20

Space shuttle STS-47 (Endeavour 2) lands

1992-09-25

US Mars Observer launched from Space shuttle

1992-10-22

Space Shuttle STS 52 (Columbia 13) launches into space

1992-11-01

Space Shuttle STS 52 (Columbia 13) lands (scheduled)

1993-12-02

Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), launches

1993-12-13

Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), lands

1994-02-11

Space shuttle STS-60 (Discovery 18), lands

1994-03-04

Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), launches into orbit

1994-03-18

Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), lands

1994-04-20

Space shuttle STS-59 (Endeavour 6), lands

1994-07-08

Space shuttle STS-65 (Columbia 17), launches

1994-07-23

Space shuttle STS-65: Columbia 17, lands after record 14 days 55 mins

1994-09-09

Space shuttle STS 64 (Discovery 20), launches into orbit

1994-09-20

Space shuttle STS-64 (Discovery 20), lands

1994-09-30

Space shuttle STS-68 (Endeavour 7), launches into orbit

1994-10-11

Space shuttle STS-68 (Endeavour 7), lands

1994-11-03

Space shuttle STS-66 (Atlantis 13), launches

1994-11-14

Space shuttle STS-66 (Atlantis 13), lands

1995-02-02

US space shuttle Discovery launched

1995-02-11

Space shuttle STS-63 (Discovery 19), lands

1995-03-02

Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches

1995-06-27

Space shuttle STS-71 (Atlantis 14), launches

1995-07-07

Space shuttle STS-71 (Atlantis 14), lands

1995-07-13

Space shuttle STS-70 (Discovery 20), launches

1995-07-22

Space shuttle STS-70 (Discovery 20), lands

1995-09-18

Space shuttle STS-69 (Endeavour 9), lands

1995-11-15

Space shuttle Atlantis docks with orbiting Russian space station Mir

1996-01-11

Space Shuttle STS 72 (Endeavour 10), launches into space

1996-03-31

Space Shuttle STS 76 (Atlantis 16), lands

1996-05-29

Space Shuttle STS 77 Endeavour 11), lands

1996-06-20

Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), launches into space

1996-07-07

Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), lands

1996-09-16

Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), launches into space

1996-09-26

Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), lands

1996-11-19

Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), launches into space

1996-12-07

Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), lands

1997-01-12

Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space

1997-01-15

Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station

1997-01-22

Space shuttle Atlantis successfully returns to Earth

1997-05-15

STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission

1998-10-29

Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.

1998-10-29

ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.

1999-05-29

Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.

2000-10-11

The 100th Space Shuttle mission (STS-92) is flown.

2003-01-16

The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.

2003-02-01

Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

2003-08-26

The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

2005-07-26

Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission - Launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.

2005-07-27

STS-114: NASA grounds the Space shuttle, pending an investigation of the external tank's continued foam-shedding problem. During ascent, the external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery sheds a piece of foam slightly smaller than the piece that caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; this foam does not strike the spacecraft.

2006-07-04

Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission - Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.

2011-02-24

Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

2011-03-09

Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.

2011-05-16

Space shuttle Endeavour launches for its final commission in space

2011-07-08

Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

2011-07-21

NASA's Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135.

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Shuttle - Birthdays
Date Event
1704-07-16

John Kay, England, machinist, invented flying shuttle

1930-9-24

John Young, The Shuttle

1935-08-19

Story Musgrave, The Shuttle

1937-06-08

Bruce McCandless II, The Shuttle

1937-9-11

Robert L. Crippen, The Shuttle

1946-10-30

Robert Gibson, The Shuttle

1951-11-28

Barbara Morgan, The Shuttle

1956-03-11

Curtis L. Brown, Space Shuttle Discovery: John Glenn Launch

1956-10-08

Janice Voss, South Bend, Indiana, astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), (d. 2012)

1974-07-20

Paris Benjamin, Space Shuttle Atlantis: Pre-Show

1977-9-11

David Scales, Space Shuttle Atlantis: Pre-Show

1986-08-08

Peyton List, Shuttle

Shuttle - Deaths
Date Event
1986-01-28

Greg Jarvis - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger (b. 1944)

2003-02-01

Michael P. Anderson - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1959)

2003-02-01

David Brown - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1956)

2003-02-01

Kalpana Chawla - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)

2003-02-01

Laurel Clark - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)

2003-02-01

Rick D. Husband - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1957)

2003-02-01

Willie McCool - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)

2003-02-01

Ilan Ramon - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1954)


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