A stunning view of the space shuttle Enterprise inside of Marshall Space Flight Center's Dynamic Test Stand. The test marked the first time all shuttle elements -- an orbiter, external tank and two solid rocket boosters -- were vertically mated. The test verified that the shuttle performed as expected in its launch configuration. The first shuttle mission launched in April 1981, and for the next 30 years the program’s five spacecraft carried people into orbit repeatedly, allowing crew to launch, recover and repair satellites, conduct cutting-edge research and build the largest structure in space, the International Space Station.
Credit: NASA | c. 1978
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