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30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program

By History.com Staff
On April 12, 1981, after many years of design and development, NASA launched its space shuttle program, allowing astronauts to fly into and return from outer space in the same craft. As the last shuttles in service prepare for retirement by the end of the year, we take a look at the program's three decades of exploration, innovation and drama, including the two tragedies that shocked the world.

Slideshow: Important Moments in Space Shuttle History

Categories: Space, Space Shuttle