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STS-2 Columbia in Mate-Demate Device (MDD), looking west at facility from helicopter view above

A ground view of the space shuttle, Columbia, as it sits atop the mother ship, a 747 aircraft (May 1980 PHOTO Contest entry)

S09-44-1980 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S05-46-1980 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The space shuttle Columbia and its rockets move toward the launch pad aboard the portable launch platform

41C-39-1980 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

The space shuttle Columbia and its rockets move toward the launch pad aboard the portable launch platform

S04-47-1980 - STS-004 - View of the External Tank after separation from orbiter Columbia during the STS-4 mission

A view of tiles on the space shuttle Columbia at the Kennedy Space Center

A view of the launch pad for the space shuttle Columbia at the Kennedy Space Center

The 12 outstanding students selected from the winners of an international science fair look at a model of the space shuttle Columbia during a tour of the Kennedy Space Center Museum

A night view of the Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia on Launch Pad 39. The shuttle is being prepared for its first flight

A night view of the Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia on Launch Pad 39. The shuttle is undergoing preparations prior to its maiden flight

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia aboard the mobile launcher platform as it arrives at Launch Pad 39 at dusk. The shuttle is undergoing preparations prior to its maiden flight

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia on Launch Pad 39. The shuttle is undergoing preparations prior to its maiden flight

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia is being moved on the mobile launcher platform from the vehicle assembly building (VAB) to Launch Pad 39 before its first flight

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia aboard the mobile launcher platform as it arrives at Launch Pad 39 after leaving the vehicle assembly building (VAB). The shuttle is undergoing preparations prior to its maiden flight

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia, with access arms in place, at Launch Pad 39. The shuttle is undergoing preparations prior to its maiden flight

Personnel at the Space Transportation System (STS) Launch Control Center prepare for the launch of the shuttle Columbia

AN aerial view of the Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia aboard the mobile launcher platform (MLP) as it leaves the vehicle assembly building (VAB) and heads toward Launch Pad 39. The shuttle is undergoing preparations prior to its maiden flight

AN aerial view of the Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia aboard the mobile launcher platform (MLP) as it leaves the vehicle assembly building (VAB) and heads toward Launch Pad 39. The shuttle is undergoing preparations prior to its maiden flight

Pararescuemen from Detachment 11, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, suit up in their diving gear to participate in an inland water ditching exercise for the space shuttle Columbia. The exercise is one of several planned to optimize rescue and recovery operations for the space shuttle

S02-02-861 - STS-002 - Commander Engle floats on Aft Flight Deck in front of the Onorbit Station

S02-02-866 - STS-002 - Pilot Truly on middeck

S01-12-330 - STS-001 - Views of the STS-1 payload bay and aft section

S01-07-535 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen readies equipment at forward flight deck pilots station

S01-07-545 - STS-001 - Commander Young stows personal hygiene kit and prepares his lunch

S01-07-508 - STS-001 - Crew compartment flight deck window debris,damage,streak documentation

S02-02-888 - STS-002 - Closeups of bubbles forming in tea beverage containers on aft flight deck

S02-02-876 - STS-002 - Pilot Truly reviews checklist and monitors CCTV screens on Aft Flight Deck

S02-02-887 - STS-002 - Closeups of bubbles forming in tea beverage containers on aft flight deck

S02-02-865 - STS-002 - Pilot Truly on middeck

S01-06-483 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen demonstrates microgravity acrobatics on middeck

S01-07-513 - STS-001 - Crew compartment flight deck window debris,damage,streak documentation

S02-02-886 - STS-002 - Forward flight deck Commanders and Pilots Stations

S01-07-500 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen uses vacuum cleaner on middeck

S02-02-872 - STS-002 - Overall views of payload bay taken from the aft flight deck viewing windows

S02-500-924 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-903 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-957 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-917 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-930 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-962 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-956 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-932 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-939 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-931 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-923 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-951 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-960 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-935 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-911 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-936 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-02-853 - STS-002 - Aft Flight Deck Mission Station and Onorbit Station documentation

S04-47-1981 - STS-004 - View of the External Tank after separation from orbiter Columbia during the STS-4 mission

S02-02-878 - STS-002 - Pilot Truly reviews checklist and monitors CCTV screens on Aft Flight Deck

S01-07-520 - STS-001 - Crew compartment flight deck window debris,damage,streak documentation

S01-07-509 - STS-001 - Crew compartment flight deck window debris,damage,streak documentation

S01-07-540 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews clipboard notes and procedures on forward flight deck

S01-06-487 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews FDF procedures and adjusts RHC on forward flight deck

S01-07-534 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen readies equipment at forward flight deck pilots station

S01-07-510 - STS-001 - Crew compartment flight deck window debris,damage,streak documentation

S02-02-867 - STS-002 - Commander Engle fills beverage container using water dispenser kit water gun

S01-07-532 - STS-001 - Forward flight deck Commanders and Pilots Stations

S01-07-523 - STS-001 - Crew compartment flight deck window debris,damage,streak documentation

S01-12-329 - STS-001 - Views of the STS-1 payload bay and aft section

S01-07-542 - STS-001 - Commander Young shaves in front of forward middeck lockers

S02-02-877 - STS-002 - Pilot Truly reviews checklist and monitors CCTV screens on Aft Flight Deck

S02-02-863 - STS-002 - Forward flight deck Pilots Station

S01-06-489 - STS-001 - Commander Young reviews FDF procedures and adjusts RHC on forward flight deck

S01-06-482 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen eats rehydrated food at aft flight deck onorbit station

S02-02-881 - STS-002 - Commander Engle exercises on middeck using exerciser restraint harness

S02-500-959 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-922 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-940 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-958 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-921 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-920 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-915 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-905 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-963 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-907 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-500-954 - STS-002 - View of the External Tank after separation from Columbia during the STS-2 mission

S02-02-871 - STS-002 - Overall views of payload bay taken from the aft flight deck viewing windows

S02-02-870 - STS-002 - Overall views of payload bay taken from the aft flight deck viewing windows

S05-46-1981 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S02-02-855 - STS-002 - Crew compartment forward flight deck window debris and damage documentation

S01-07-526 - STS-001 - Crew compartment flight deck window debris,damage,streak documentation

S01-06-484 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen demonstrates microgravity acrobatics on middeck

S01-07-530 - STS-001 - Crew compartment flight deck window debris,damage,streak documentation

S01-07-547 - STS-001 - Commander Young unfolds towel on middeck

S01-07-546 - STS-001 - Commander Young stows personal hygiene kit and prepares his lunch

S01-07-505 - STS-001 - Crew compartment flight deck window debris, damage, streak documentation

S01-07-503 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen prepares meal on middeck

S02-02-880 - STS-002 - Commander Engle exercises on middeck using exerciser restraint harness

S01-06-497 - STS-001 - Commander Young removes CAP from FDF stowage locker on middeck

S01-07-548 - STS-001 - Commander Young adjusts JSC Water Dispenser Kit control valve on middeck

S01-07-531 - STS-001 - Forward flight deck Commanders and Pilots Stations

S02-02-885 - STS-002 - Forward flight deck Commanders and Pilots Stations

S01-07-529 - STS-001 - Crew compartment flight deck window debris,damage,streak documentation