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-- -- -- When it first arrived on the scene the space shuttle was revolutionary.
It all started about forty years ago when president Richard Nixon -- the space task group.
And on April 12 1981.
The first shuttle Columbia roared into state.
-- -- inspiration and patriotism.
The crew of Space Shuttle Challenger included Sally ride when it sailed into orbit on June 18 1983.
Making her the first American woman in space.
The very next shuttle missions saw the first flight of an African American in space -- blue effort launched aboard the shuttle challenger on August 30 1983.
This mission was also the first time the space shuttle launched and landed at night amid all the history.
NASA space shuttle program saw its darkest day half the time on January 28 1986.
When seven astronauts lost their life this challenger disintegrated shortly after -- want.
It's -- NASA to going to happen -- student group on disaster.
Shuttle discovery carried the oldest person to space on October 20 ninth 1998.
When it lifted off -- Mercury astronaut in United States senator John Glenn and yet another disaster.
The tragic loss of Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1 2003.
The seven member crew was returning home when the orbiter broke -- during reentry to earth.
It took almost two years until the next shuttle went back into space and in 2011.
The space shuttle program at discovery and endeavor with last flights.
After Atlantis returns NASA's three orbiters are to be retired to museums around the country in New York Mary and property Fox News.
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