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Contributing Writers

Gray Creech
Dryden Public Affairs
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Peter Merlin
Dryden History Office
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Dryden X-Press

Shuttle Tribute

Saluting the Shuttle

Endeavour had just landed to conclude STS-68, while Columbia was perched on a NASA 747 from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on its way to Palmdale, Calif., for major modification and maintenance work.

The familiar double boom signifying the return of a space shuttle from space thrilled people for more than 30 years. At Edwards Air Force Base and Dryden, the noise was commonplace during the early ...

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Proving Grounds: Enterprise Validated Shuttle Concepts

The first of Enterprise’s five free flights from the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at Dryden in 1977 were part of the shuttle program approach and landing tests.

The space shuttle orbiter was the first spacecraft designed with the aerodynamic characteristics and in-atmosphere handling qualities of a conventional airplane.

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First Flight

Columbia descends for its first landing, on Rogers Dry Lake.

Astronaut Bob Crippen spoke to Dryden employees April 15, 2011, about his mission as the pilot of the first space shuttle mission, which had concluded at Dryden 30 years earlier. Crippen and shuttle ...

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Challenger's Mission

Challenger is mated with the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for initial delivery to the Kennedy Space Center.

Challenger was built to serve as a structural test article for the shuttle program. A lighter-weight orbiter was NASA's goal during the years in which the orbiter fleet was being built, but a test ...

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Space Shuttle Discovery: Missions Were Busy And ...

Discovery concluded missions at Edwards and Dryden 15 times, including this landing that wrapped up STS-128 on Sept. 11, 2009.

Dryden employees gained insight into Space Shuttle Discovery's final mission when its commander and a mission specialist visited April 26.

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Final Flight

Riding a plume of fire, space shuttle Atlantis heads into the cloud-laden sky over Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Space shuttle Atlantis completed its last mission in July, but the mission continued on for its crew, who traveled the nation to thank people for their support of the space program and recap some of ...

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A NASA Endeavor

Endeavour, mounted securely atop one of NASA’s modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, leaves Dryden at sunrise for Kennedy Space Center

Space shuttle Endeavour will make one last flight – to its home in California. Its flight won’t be powered by solid rocket boosters for this journey, but as a passenger atop the NASA 747 Shuttle ...

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We Will Always Remember

  • STS-51L crew


    Photo of STS-51L crew who flew aboard the last Challenger mission.

  • STS-107 crew


    Photo of STS-107 crew who flew aboard the last Columbia mission.