Bob Crippen, pilot of the first space shuttle mission in 1981, is awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
Young and Crippen recall the first flight of NASA's prototype space shuttle.
In the words of one witness, Columbia's California landing on April 14, 1981, was "a happening."
Kennedy Space Center renames its Firing Room 1 in honor of STS-1 Commander John Young and Pilot Robert Crippen.
Looks are deceiving as major changes to the space shuttle took place over the last 25 years.
Relive the historic flight through video, a photo gallery, and downloads for your desktop.
STS-1 crew members Young and Crippen share memories of the first space shuttle mission.› View Video (Real) →
John Young and Bob Crippen recall the flight.› John Young Podcast
April 12, 1961: Russian Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space.