When space shuttle Columbia took to the skies on its maiden voyage on April 12, 1981, a new era of spaceflight took wing. Space Transportation System-1, or STS-1, was the first of its kind when it lifted off from NASA Kennedy Space Center.

In this image, the reusable orbiter, its two fuel tanks and two solid rocket boosters has just cleared the launch tower. Aboard the spacecraft were Commander John W. Young and pilot Robert L. Crippen.

The Space Shuttle Program went on to fly one than 100 missions over 30 years.

Learn more about STS-1 and its historic inaugural flight.


1981年4月12日,哥伦比亚号航天飞机首次升空,开启了太空飞行的新时代。太空运输系统-1,或称STS-1,是第一个从美国宇航局肯尼迪航天中心发射升空的太空运输系统。

在这张图片中,可重复使用的轨道飞行器,它的两个燃料箱和两个固体火箭助推器刚刚离开发射塔。飞船上有指挥官约翰·W·杨和飞行员罗伯特·L·克里彭。

在过去30年里,航天飞机项目进行了100多次飞行任务

了解更多关于STS-1及其历史性的首次飞行

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