Space Shuttle Atlantis Returning to Earth After Its First Mission

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Title

Space Shuttle Atlantis Returning to Earth After Its First Mission

Alternative Title

Space Shuttle Atlantis After First Mission

Subject

John F. Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center
Merritt Island (Fla.)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (U.S.)
NASA
Space Shuttle Program (U.S.)
Atlantis (Space shuttle)

Description

The Space Shuttle Atlantis touching down at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in California after its initial mission. The Space Shuttle was meant as a reusable alternative to the traditional ballistic rockets used to launch manned spacecraft in the 1960s and 1970s. From 1981 to 2011, when the fleet was retired, five shuttles were flown over 130 times. It was the first space launch system that was mostly reusable, as the shuttles themselves and the solid rocket boosters were reused multiple times. Space shuttles were launched from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) and Launch Complex 39B (LC-39B) at John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Merritt Island, Florida.

Source

Original color photographic print, October 7, 1985: Leonard Pugh Collection.

Date Created

1985-10-07

Contributor

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original color photographic print, October 7, 1985.

Is Part Of

Florida Space Coast History Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

179 KB

Medium

1 color photographic print

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Edwards Air Force Base, California

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher
Geography Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Leonard Pugh and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Michlowitz, Robert
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"The Shuttle." National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Accessed August 21, 2015. http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/the_shuttle/.

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Original Format

1 color photographic print

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