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The Space Shuttle Columbia (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-102) was the first space-rated orbiter in NASA's Space Shuttle fleet. It launched for the first time on mission STS-1 on April 12, 1981, the first flight of the Space Shuttle program. Serving for over 22 years, it completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry near the end of its 28th mission, STS-107 on February 1, 2003, resulting in the deaths of all seven crew members.

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S05-46-1961 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1961 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S09-44-1961 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1961 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S05-46-1962 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1962 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S09-44-1962 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1962 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S09-44-1963 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1963 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S05-46-1963 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1963 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S09-44-1964 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1964 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S05-46-1964 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1964 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S09-44-1965 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1965 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S09-44-1966 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1966 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S09-44-1967 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1967 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S09-44-1968 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1968 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S05-46-1968 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1968 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S05-46-1969 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1969 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S09-44-1969 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1969 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S05-46-1970 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1970 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

41C-39-1970 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

41C-39-1970 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-41C mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-41C Categories... more

S09-44-1970 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1970 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

41C-39-1971 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

41C-39-1971 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-41C mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-41C Categories... more

S09-44-1971 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1971 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S05-46-1971 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1971 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S09-44-1972 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1972 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

41C-39-1972 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

41C-39-1972 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-41C mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-41C Categories... more

S05-46-1972 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1972 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S09-44-1973 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1973 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S05-46-1973 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1973 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

41C-39-1973 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

41C-39-1973 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-41C mission from the space shuttle Columbia include: Richat Structure in Western Mauritania. Subject Terms: EAR... more

S05-46-1974 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1974 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S09-44-1974 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1974 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

41C-39-1974 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

41C-39-1974 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-41C mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-41C Categories... more

S05-46-1975 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1975 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

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

STS-2 Columbia in Mate-Demate Device (MDD), looking west at facility f...

The original database describes this as: Location: Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California Photographs, Textual Material and a Video Recording Relating to the Space Shuttle Mate-Demat... more

S09-44-1975 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1975 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

41C-39-1975 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

41C-39-1975 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-41C mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-41C Categories... more

S05-46-1976 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1976 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

41C-39-1976 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

41C-39-1976 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-41C mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-41C Categories... more

S09-44-1976 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1976 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

41C-39-1977 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

41C-39-1977 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-41C mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-41C Categories... more

S05-46-1977 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1977 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S09-44-1977 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1977 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S05-46-1978 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1978 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

41C-39-1978 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

41C-39-1978 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-41C mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-41C Categories... more

S09-44-1978 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1978 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S09-44-1979 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-44-1979 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S05-46-1979 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1979 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

41C-39-1979 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

41C-39-1979 - STS-41C - Earth observations taken during STS-41C

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-41C mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-41C Categories... more

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

A ground view of the space shuttle, Columbia, as it sits atop the moth...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Vandenberg Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT William J. Milton Release St... more

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

The space shuttle Columbia and its rockets move toward the launch pad ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cape Canaveral State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Com... more

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

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

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

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

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

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

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

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

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-41C mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-41C Categories... more

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

S04-47-1980 - STS-004 - View of the External Tank after separation fro...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the External Tank (ET) falling to Earth after separation from orbiter Columbia during the STS-4 mission. Subject Terms: COLUMBIA (ORBITER) E... more

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

The space shuttle Columbia and its rockets move toward the launch pad ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cape Canaveral State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Com... more

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

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cape Canaveral State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mickey W. Sanborn Release Status: Released to ... more

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

The 12 outstanding students selected from the winners of an internatio...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cape Canaveral State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mickey W. Sanborn Release Status: Released to ... more

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

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cape Canaveral State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mickey W. Sanborn Release Status: Released to ... more

An employee at the Kennedy Space Center secures tiles on the space shuttle Columbia

An employee at the Kennedy Space Center secures tiles on the space shu...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cape Canaveral State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mickey W. Sanborn Release Status: Released to ... more

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 is being moved ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... more

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

Personnel at the Space Transportation System (STS) Launch Control Cent...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... more

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 on Launch Pad 3...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... more

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 aboard the mobi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... more

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 aboard the mobi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... more

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 Columb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... more

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 Columb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... more

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

A night view of the Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... more

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...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... more

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

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia, with access ar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... more

A right side view of an HH-3 Jolly Green Giant rescue helicopter as it hovers above the ocean during a space shuttle rescue and recovery exercise. The exercise is one of several planned to optimize rescue and recovery operations for the space shuttle Columbia

A right side view of an HH-3 Jolly Green Giant rescue helicopter as it...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT. Magel Release Status: Released to ... more

Pararescuemen from the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron carry an astronaut mannequin on a stretcher to a rescue exercise. The exercise is one of several planned to optimize rescue and recovery operations for the space shuttle Columbia

Pararescuemen from the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron car...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Magel Release Status: Released to P... more

Pararescuemen from the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron use decontamination equipment to spray down an astronaut mannequin during a space shuttle rescue exercise. The exercise is one of several planned to optimize rescue and recovery operations for the space shuttle Columbia

Pararescuemen from the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron use...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Magel Release Status: Released to P... more

Two pararescuemen remove an astronaut mannequin from the XM-1 astronaut recovery tank and place it on a stretcher during a space shuttle rescue exercise. The exercise is one of several planned to optimize rescue and recovery operations for the space shuttle Columbia

Two pararescuemen remove an astronaut mannequin from the XM-1 astronau...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Magel Release Status: Released to P... more

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

Pararescuemen from Detachment 11, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery S...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Magel Release Status: Released to P... more

A pararescueman from Detachment 11, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, is helped into his diving gear to participate in a space shuttle inland water ditching exercise. The exercise is one of several planned to optimize rescue and recovery operations for the space shuttle Columbia

A pararescueman from Detachment 11, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Magel Release Status: Released to P... more

Two pararescuemen from the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron wear fire-protection gear as they try to enter the mockup Columbia during an off-runway mishap exercise. The exercise is one of several planned to optimize rescue and recovery operations for the space shuttle Columbia

Two pararescuemen from the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Magel Release Status: Released to P... more

Pararescuemen from the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron carry an astronaut mannequin during a space shuttle rescue exercise. The exercise is one of several planned to optimize rescue and recovery operations for the space shuttle Columbia

Pararescuemen from the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron car...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Magel Release Status: Released to P... more

An aerial view of pararescuemen recovering a drowned astronaut in the ocean during a space shuttle rescue and recovery exercise. The exercise is one of several planned to optimize rescue and recovery operations for the space shuttle Columbia

An aerial view of pararescuemen recovering a drowned astronaut in the ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Magel Release Status: Released to P... more

S02-09-432 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

S02-09-432 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-11-092 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-45

S02-11-092 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-45

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-12-716 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-3

S02-12-716 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-3

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-12-799 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-86

S02-12-799 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-86

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-13-218 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

S02-13-218 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S01-06-481 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen eats rehydrated food at aft flight deck onorbit station

S01-06-481 - STS-001 - Pilot Crippen eats rehydrated food at aft fligh...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Astronaut Robert L. Crippen, STS-1 pilot, is behind his station in the flight deck of Columbia. He has a spoon in his hand. The windows prominent in the... more

S02-10-569 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

S02-10-569 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-13-221 - STS-002 - Views of the RMS in the Columbia's payload bay

S02-13-221 - STS-002 - Views of the RMS in the Columbia's payload bay

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) end effector over the Columbia's payload bay . Subject Terms: PAYLOAD BAY, REMOTE MANIPULATOR SYSTEM, STS-2... more

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

S01-07-509 - STS-001 - Crew compartment flight deck window debris,dama...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Crew compartment flight deck window debris,damage (scratches),streak documentation includes: onorbit station windows W9 and W10. Subject Terms: ONBOARD... more

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

S01-06-497 - STS-001 - Commander Young removes CAP from FDF stowage lo...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Commander Young removes Crew Activity Plans (CAP) from Flight Data File (FD/FDF) modular stowage locker single tray assembly located in forward middeck ... more

S02-10-580 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

S02-10-580 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

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

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

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Views of the space shuttle Columbia's payload bay and aft section during the STS-1 mission include: dark views of OMS pods and stabilizer. Subject Term... more

S02-09-505 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

S02-09-505 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-09-502 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

S02-09-502 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-09-487 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

S02-09-487 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-12-711 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-27

S02-12-711 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-27

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-12-698 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-14

S02-12-698 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-14

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-12-691 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-7

S02-12-691 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-7

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-11-156 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-109

S02-11-156 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-109

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-11-154 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-107

S02-11-154 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-107

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-09-424 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

S02-09-424 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-2 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-12-824 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-111

S02-12-824 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-111

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-11-100 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-53

S02-11-100 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-53

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S02-11-087 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-40

S02-11-087 - STS-002 - Earth observations taken during STS-40

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-2 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-2, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

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