Monday, April 12, 2010
Remembering the launch of STS-1 Space Shuttle Columbia
Also, on this historic day, we (NASA) launched Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) on it's first orbital mission to low Earth orbit at an altitude of 166NM at an inclination of 40.3 degrees. Columbia was crewed by veteran Commander John Young and pilot Robert Crippen. Columbia was launched from launch complex 39, pad A at the Kennedy Space Center on 12 April 1981 and landed at the Edwards Air force Base in California after a mission duration of 2 days, 6 hours, 20 minutes and 56 seconds.