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posted 04-19-2014 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

STS-2 crewmen Joe Engle (right) and Dick Truly receive the 'key to Columbia' during the STS-1 post flight press conference in Houston on April 23, 1981. The second flight of the reusable spaceship would take place in November.


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posted 04-19-2014 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two more brave men. Thanks Ed.


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posted 04-19-2014 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for noroxine   Click Here to Email noroxine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm happy to have only my car since the space shuttle key is too big for my pocket

Really great history time!


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posted 04-19-2014 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An under-appreciated milestone...the first men to take a spacecraft back up the hill.


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posted 04-21-2014 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And Engle, by virtue of his experience with the X-15, became the only shuttle astronaut to manually control an orbiter throughout reentry and landing. Quite an achievement. Another distinction is that this was the last 'all-rookie crew' in NASA spaceflight, the agency wanting at least one veteran flyer in a crew. Of course, Engle earned his USAF astronaut wings in the X-15 but was still considered a 'rookie' NASA astronaut.

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posted 04-22-2014 04:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My most favourite mission. The sense of anticipation the second time around was palpable after the success of STS 1. And the best mission decal of the entire Shuttle program, in my view. Oh, the disappointment when it became a minimum mission duration from 5 days to 2.

I remember, in the days before the Internet, being solely reliant on newspapers for coverage of the missions. I distinctly recall this photograph was published in our local newspaper: I still have the cut-out a scrapbook somewhere.


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posted 04-23-2014 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Huge lapels!

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