Category: space shuttle

April 20, 2010 — The Space Shuttle Discovery l…

April 20, 2010 — The Space Shuttle Discovery lands at Cape Canaveral, completing a mission that lasted 15 days 2 hours, 47 min, 11 second.

(NASA)

The Soviet Union’s Buran space shuttle p…

The Soviet Union’s Buran space shuttle prototype OK-GLI rides a barge down the Rhine to the Technik Museum Speyer in Germany, 2008.

April 17, 2000 – Inside the Vehicle Assembly B…

April 17, 2000 – Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral, the 82-foot-figh Space Shuttle Atlantis is lifted up to be mated with its external tank and solid rocket boosters.

(NASA Kennedy Space Center)

The Space Shuttle Discovery, riding piggyback …

The Space Shuttle Discovery, riding piggyback on NASA’s 747 shuttle carrier, gets ready to take off from Cape Canaveral, 17 April 2012. (NASA)

April 17, 2012 – A gorgeous shot of the Space …

April 17, 2012 – A gorgeous shot of the Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted on NASA’s 747 shuttle carrier, as it soars through the air space over the Kennedy Space Center on its final journey into retirement at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. (NASA)

The Space Shuttle Atlantis on launch pad 39A a…

The Space Shuttle Atlantis on launch pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, November 15, 2009. (NASA)

April 14, 1981 – Completing its first official…

April 14, 1981 – Completing its first official mission in Earth orbit, the Space Shuttle Columbia comes home to Edwards Air Force Base in California.

(NASA)

April 14, 1981 – The Space Shuttle Columbia la…

April 14, 1981 – The Space Shuttle Columbia lands at Edwards Air Force Base after completing its first orbital mission.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Atop a NASA 747 shuttle carr…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Atop a NASA 747 shuttle carrier, the brand-new Space Shuttle Atlantis arrives at Cape Canaveral on April 13, 1985. (NASA)

Planet Earth and the Space Shuttle Discovery, …

Planet Earth and the Space Shuttle Discovery, April 13, 2010. In the bottom image, you can see astronauts Clay Anderson and Rick Mastracchio at work in the open cargo bay of the orbiter.

(NASA)