Epic NASA video celebrates 40 years of the space shuttle


It’s been 40 years since NASA’s first space shuttle soared into orbit and the space agency has unveiled a new video to commemorate that debut flight, which opened up access to space in a way not ever seen before.

NASA’s first space shuttle mission, STS-1 aboard the orbiter Columbia lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center near Orlando on April 12, 1981. To get there, the flight had to overcome numerous budgetary, timeline and design challenges along the way to get there. Americans attending the launch in Florida, near Orlando, jumped up and down and cheered, the new NASA video on YouTube shows.



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