Image Credit & Copyright: STS-001 image, NASA; Yuri Gagarin Sergei Korolev, Roscosmos and Yuri’s Night poster via Yuri’s Night.
April 12, as most of us space nuts know, is one of the most significant dates in spaceflight history for two monumental reasons. 2 major firsts took place on this day: April 12, 1981: STS-001 Columbia lifts off from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) LC-39A with Bob Crippen & John Young to begin the Space Shuttle era! The entire flight lasted 2 days, 6 hours and was the first manned American spaceflight since Apollo-Soyuz on July 15, 1975 which lifted off from LC-39B and it was also the first launch from LC-39A since the final Saturn V launch; the unmanned Skylab 1 on May 14, 1973.
Bob Crippen would go on to fly the Space Shuttle 3 more times; STS-007 Challenger, STS-041-C Challenger and STS-041-G Challenger. John Young however would only fly…
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