Columbia: First Flight of the Space Shuttle
The first U.S. space shuttle to fly was Columbia. Piloted by only two astronauts, John Young and Robert Crippen, this mission revolutionized space flight. For the first time, a spacecraft was re-usable. This book discusses the liftoff, flight, and landing of this first space shuttle.
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A New Kind of Spaceship
Columbia in Orbit
Flight and Reentry
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