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ALLIGATOR-SHUTTLE*

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“In The Skies”
Once again, on Florida’s Space Coast, it became common to see the familiar balls of fire, streaking acorss the sky, on it way to outer space, often to the orbiting International Space Station (Skylab).

((( return to space )))

stan badz

Countdown

With the Space Shuttle Columbia looming in the background, astronauts Bob Cripen (left) and John Young relax before theri voyage. See related story, page five.

“For Earth Below”
April 12, 1981 When Columbia, America’s first space shuttle, left Cape Canaveral, Florida, it marked the beginning of NASA’s return to space. The first manned mission since the end of Apollo in 1974.
 ((( RETURN TO SPACE )))

dave hogerty

Upward bound

(Top) Columbia, the first time it flew, was NASA’s first manned mission in almost ten years. The first Shuttle, following the last Apollo (17). Several delays in the NASA-sponsored space shuttle flights have prevented the launch of any shuttle for the past year. The Enterpriose, on the Kennedy Space Center runway above, was one of the dormant shuttles waiting for its chance to ferry a crew into space. On deck is Columbia, following the inaugural. Last weekend, it underwent a series of simulated test flights, paving the way for the resumption of advanced space travel. See related story page three

 

“In The Skies”
Once again, on Florida’s Space Coast, it became common to see the familiar balls of fire, streaking acorss the sky, on it way to outer space, often to the orbiting International Space Station (Skylab).

((( space quest )))

 

((( daddy’s home )))

 

((( into the void )))