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The space shuttle program was born of a need to reduce the costs of putting people into space. The solution: a reusable craft. This simple idea has lead to complex issues of materials and aerospace dynamics. The early shuttle program was characterized by public scrutiny and a focus on flaws in getting the shuttle craft to behave as desired.
STS 1 Mission
Launch Date: April 12, 1981
7:00 AM EST
Launch Vehicle: Columbia
Crew: Commander: John W. Young,
Pilot:
Robert L. Crippen
STS 2 Mission
Launch Date: November 12, 1981
10:10 AM EST
Launch Vehicle: Columbia
Crew: Commander: Joseph H. Engle,
Pilot: Richard H. Truly
STS 3 Mission
Launch Date: March 22, 1982
11:00 AM EST
Launch Vehicle: Columbia
Crew: Commander: Jack R. Lousma,
Pilot: Charles G. Fullerton
STS 4 Mission
Launch Date: June 27, 1982
11:00:00 a.m. EDT
Launch Vehicle: Columbia
STS 5 Mission
Launch Date: November 11, 1982
7:19 AM EST
Launch Vehicle: Columbia
Crew: Commander: Vance C. Brand
Pilot: Robert F. Overmyer, Mission Specialists: Dr. Joseph P. Allen,
Dr. William B. Lenoir
STS 6 Mission
Launch Date: April 4, 1983
1:30 PM EST
Launch Vehicle: Challenger
Crew: Commander: Paul Weitz,
Pilot: Karol J. Bobko,
Mission Specialists: Donald H. Peterson, Dr. F. Story Musgrave
STS 7 Mission
Launch Date: June 18, 1983
7:33 AM EST
Launch Vehicle: Challenger
Crew: Commander: Robert L. Crippen,
Pilot: Fredrick C. Hauck
Mission Specialists:
John M. Fabian, Dr. Sally K. Ride, Dr. Norman Thagard
STS 8 Mission
Launch Date: August 30, 1983
2:30 AM EDT
Launch Vehicle: Challenger
Crew: Commander: Richard H. Truly,
Pilot: Daniel C. Brandenstein
Mission Specialists: Dale A. Gardner,
Guion S. Bluford, Jr.,
Dr. William Thornton
STS 9 Mission
Launch Date: November 28, 1983
at 11:00 AM EST
Launch Vehicle: Challenger
Crew: Commander: John W. Young,
Pilot: Brewster H. Shaw,
Mission Specialist: Owen K. Garriott, Dr. Robert A. Parker,
Payload Specialists:
Dr. Byron Lichtenberg,
Dr. Ulf Merbold
STS 26 Mission
Launch Date: September 29, 1988
Launch Vehicle: Discovery
Crew: Commander: Frederick H. Hauck,
Pilot: Richard O. Covey,
Mission Specialists: John M. Lounge, David C. Hilmers,
George D. Nelson
STS 30 Mission
Launch Date: May 4, 1989
Launch Vehicle: Atlantis
Crew: Commander: David M. Walker,
Pilot: Ronald J. Grabe,
Mission Specialists: Norman E. Thagard, Mary L. Cleave, Mark C. Lee
STS 31 Mission
Launch Date: April 24, 1990
Launch Vehicle: Discovery
Crew: Commander: Loren J. Shriver,
Pilot: Charles F. Bolden,
Mission Specialists: Bruce McCandless, Steven A. Hawley, Kathryn D. Sullivan
STS 32 Mission
Launch Date: January 9, 1990
Launch Vehicle: Columbia
Crew: Commander: Daniel C. Brandenstein,
Pilot: James D. Wetherbee, Mission
Specialists: Bonnie J. Dunbar, Marsha S. Ivins, G. David Low
STS 33 Mission
Launch Date: November 22, 1989
Launch Vehicle: Discovery
Crew: Commander: Frederick D. Gregory,
Pilot: John E. Blaha, Mission
Specialists: Manley L. Carter, Franklin Musgrave, Kathryn C. Thornton
STS 34 Mission
Launch Date: October 18, 1989
Launch Vehicle: Atlantis
Crew: Commander: Donald E. Williams,
Pilot:M ichael McCulley, Mission Specialists: Ellen S. Baker, Franklin R. Chang-Diaz, Shannon W. Lucid
STS 35 Mission
Launch Date: December 2, 1990
Launch Vehicle: Columbia
Crew: Commander: Vance Brand,
Pilot: Guy S. Gardner,
Mission Specialists: John M. Lounge, Jeffrey A. Hoffman,
Robert A. R. Parker,
Payload Specialists: Ronald A. Parise, Samuel T. Durrance
STS 36 Mission
Launch Date: February 28, 1990
Launch Vehicle: Atlantis
Crew: Commander: John D. Creighton,
Pilot:J ohn H. Casper,
Mission Specialists: David C. Hilmers, Richard M. Mullane, Pierre J. Thuot
STS 37 Mission
Launch Date: April 5, 1991
Launch Vehicle: Atlantis
Crew: Commander: Steven R. Nagel,
Pilot: Kenneth D. Cameron,
Mission Specialists: Linda M. Godwin, Jerome Apt, Jerry L. Ross,
STS 38 Mission
Launch Date: November 15, 1990
Launch Vehicle: Atlantis
Crew: Commander: Richard O. Covey,
Pilot: Frank L. Culbertson,
Mission Specialists: Robert C. Springer, Carl J Meade, Charles D. Gemar,
STS 40 Mission
Launch Date: June 5, 1991
Launch Vehicle: Columbia
Crew: Commander: Bryan O. O'Connor,
Pilot: Sidney M. Gutierrez,
Mission Specialists: James P. Bagian, Tamara E. Jernigan, M. Rhea Seddon,
Payload Specialists: Drew F. Gaffney, Millie Hughes-Fulford
STS 41 Mission
Launch Date: October 6, 1990
Launch Vehicle: Discovery
Crew: Commander: Richard N. Richards,
Pilot: Robert D. Cabana,
Mission Specialists: Bruce E. Melnick, William M. Shepherd, Thomas D. Akers
STS 42 Mission

Launch Date: January 22, 1992
Launch Vehicle: Discovery
Crew: Commander:
Ronald J. Grabe,
Pilot:
Steven S. Oswald,
Mission Specialists: Norman E. Thagard, William F. Readdy,
David C. Hilmers,
Payload Specialists: Roberta L. Bonder,
Ulf D. Merbold
STS 43 Mission
Launch Date: August 2, 1991
Launch Vehicle: Atlantis
Crew: Commander: John E. Blaha,
Pilot: Michael A. Baker,
Mission Specialists: James C. Adamson, G. David Low, Shannon E. Lucid
STS 44 Mission
Launch Date: November 24, 1991
Launch Vehicle: Atlantis
Crew: Commander: Frederick D. Gregory,
Pilot: Terence T. Henricks,
Mission Specialists: F. Story Musgrave, Mario Runco, Jr., James S. Voss, Payload Specialists: Thomas J. Hennen
STS 45 Mission
Launch Date: March 24, 1992
Launch Vehicle: Atlantis
Crew: Commander: Charles F. Boklen,
Pilot: Brian K. Duffy,
Mission Specialists: Kathryn D. Sullivan,
David C. Leestma, C. Michael Foale, Payload Specialists: Dirk D. Frimout, Bryon K. Lichtenburg
STS 46 Mission
Launch Date: July 31, 1992
Launch Vehicle: Atlantis
Crew: Commander: Loren J. Shriver,
Pilot: Andrew M. Allen,
Mission Specialists: Jeffrey A. Hoffman, Franklin R. Chang-Diaz, Claude Nicollier,
Martha S. Ivins,
Payload Specialists: Franco Malerba
STS 47 Mission

Launch Date: September 12, 1992
Launch Vehicle: Endeavor
Crew: Commander: Robert L. Gibson,
Pilot: Curtis L. Brown,
Mission Specialists: Mark C. Lee, N. Jan Davis, Mae C. Jemison, Jerome Apt,
Payload Specialists: Mamoru Mohri
STS 48 Mission
Launch Date: September 12, 1991
Launch Vehicle: Discovery
Crew: Commander: James O. Creighton,
Pilot: Kenneth S. Reightler, Mission Specialists: Mark F. Brown, James F. Buchli, Charles D. Gemar,
STS 49 Mission
Launch Date: May 2, 1992
Launch Vehicle: Endeavor
Crew: Commander: Daniel C. Brandenstein,
Pilot: Kevin P. Chilton,
Mission Specialists: Richard J. Hieb, Bruce E. Melnick, Pierre J. Thout, Kathryn C. Thornton, Thomas D. Akers
STS 50 Mission
Launch Date: June 25, 1992
Launch Vehicle: Columbia
Crew: Commander: Richard N. Richards,
Pilot: Kenneth D. Bowersox,
Mission Specialists: Bonnie J. Dunbar, Carl J. Meade, Ellen S. Baker,
Payload Specialists: Lawrence J. DeLucas
STS 51 Mission
Launch Date: November 8, 1984 at 7:15 AM EST
Launch Vehicle: Discovery
Crew: Commander: Fredrick H. Hauck,
Pilot: David M. Walker,
Mission Specialists: Anna L. Fisher, Dale A. Gardner, Joseph P. Allen
Teacher in Space
Launch Date: January 28, 1986
11:38 AM EST
Launch Vehicle: Challenger
Crew: Commander: Francis R. Scobee,
Pilot: Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialists:
Judith A. Resnik, Ellison Onizuka,
Ronald E. McNair, Payload Specialists:
Gregory Jarvis, Teacher In Space Project:
Sharon Christa McAuliffe

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