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NASA Celebrates Anniversary of First Shuttle, Reveals Sites to Receive Orbiters for Display
04.12.11
 
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden participated in a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Tuesday, April 12 on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch for mission STS-1. During the ceremony, Bolden and Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana honored the shuttle work force's dedication, which has made it possible for NASA to take the next steps in exploration and retire the shuttle fleet later this year.
 
The ceremony featured astronaut Bob Crippen who flew STS-1 and three other missions.  It took place outside the hangar for shuttle Atlantis, known as Orbiter Processing Facility-1.  Atlantis is being prepared for its upcoming STS-135 mission to the International Space Station, the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program.  The program also included special messages from the ISS crew currently living and working aboard the ISS.

Administrator Bolden also named the four institutions that will receive a shuttle orbiter for permanent display.   The Kennedy Space Center will showcase Atlantis.  The California Science Center in Los Angeles will be home to Endeavour.  The most traveled orbiter, Discovery, will go to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum will get Enterprise.

Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

(0:22)  With the last flight of Atlantis in June the shuttle era will come to an end, but they won’t stop inspiring and they won’t stop being a part of the fabric of America.  Its significance as one of the most amazing technological marvels of all time will become more evident as we no longer have it as our premiere vehicle for transportation of crew and cargo to low Earth orbit. 


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(0:23)  People from across our nation and around the world will continue to learn from these amazing vehicles and the stories of their crews and their missions.  The shuttles will inspire many people who are now just in school to become the next generation of exploration leaders and millions more who are just proud and passionate about our space program  will now have a chance to see a Space Shuttle in person. 


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Robert Crippen, STS-1 Pilot

(0:28)  When the count passed one minute I turned to John [Young] and I said “I think we might do it.”  That’s when my heart rate when up to about 130.  John’s was down at a nice calm 90.  I’m surprise mine didn’t go faster, and it was a fantastic flight.  Well worth the 14 years since I had been selected as an astronaut.  John and I had trained for every possible contingency we could think of and thank goodness we didn’t have to contend with very many. 
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Robert Cabana, Director, Kennedy Space Center

(0:17)  The Space Shuttle Program has made possible countless scientific breakthroughs, it’s produced unprecedented international cooperation, and it’s fostered a future of human exploration made up of limitless possibilities.  I’m blessed to have been a very small part of this program and this team.
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Cady Coleman, Flight Engineer, Expedition 27

(0:23)  We will miss the capabilities and the beauties of the Space Shuttle.  It has been a national icon for innovation and exploration for 30 years.  But its legacy and yours lives on in the work we do here on the ISS.   The retirement of the shuttle fleet should not be seen as an end – it represents the next step in extending humanities reach further into space. 


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