What was the first shuttle launch?

What was the first shuttle launch?

In the early morning hours of April 12, 1981, NASA launched is first Space Transportation System, or space shuttle, mission, carrying astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen into orbit.

How long did STS-1 last?


SATCAT no. 12399
Mission duration 2 days, 6 hours, 20 minutes, 53 seconds (achieved)
Distance travelled 1,729,348 km (1,074,567 mi)
Orbits completed 36
Spacecraft properties

Why did STS-107 disintegrate?

An investigation board determined that a large piece of foam fell from the shuttle’s external tank and breached the spacecraft wing. This problem with foam had been known for years, and NASA came under intense scrutiny in Congress and in the media for allowing the situation to continue.

What did Steve MacLean do?

He became the first Canadian to operate Canadarm2 in space when the crew installed trusses and deployed solar array panels on the ISS . On this mission, Dr. MacLean also became the second Canadian to walk in space.

Were Bodies of Columbia astronauts recovered?

The remains of all seven astronauts were recovered, despite the obstacles of terrain and the scope of the search. Searchers combed through pine forests, hundreds of thousands of acres of underbrush, and boggy areas. Parts of the shuttle were found in Lake Nacogdoches and the Toledo Bend Reservoir.

Is Steve MacLean still alive?

Steven Glenwood MacLean FRCGS (born December 14, 1954) is a Canadian astronaut. He was the President of the Canadian Space Agency, from September 1, 2008 to February 1, 2013….Steve MacLean (astronaut)

Steven Maclean
Born December 14, 1954 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Status Retired
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Physicist

How old is Steve MacLean?

67 years (December 14, 1954)Steve MacLean / Age