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STS-1

STS-1 [Flight # 1]12-14 April 1981Columbia [1]

Crew:
    John Young [5], Commander
    Robert Crippen [1], Pilot

Launch:
    Pad: 39-A [1]
    Date: 12 April 1981
    Time: 12:00:03 UTC

Orbit:
    Altitude: 166 nm
    Inclination: 40.3 degrees
    Orbits: 37
    Duration: 2 days, 6 hours, 20 minutes, 54 seconds
    Distance: 1,074,567 miles

Landing:
    Location: Runway 23, Edwards Air Force Base, CA [1]
    Date: 14 April 1981
    Time: 18:20:57 UTC
    Rollout: 1 minute (2,741 meters, 8,993 feet)

Backup Crew:
    Joseph Engle, Commander
    Richard Truly, Pilot

Highlights:
    This flight was a check of the overall Shuttle system, with the objective of a safe launch and return to Earth. Sixteen heat shield tiles were lost, and another 148 damaged. The loss of these tiles was determined to be from an overpressure wave which occurred during launch. Modifications were made to eliminate this problem.

 


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