The Space Shuttle Turns 40

For the 40th anniversary of the primary flight of the House Shuttle, The Planetary Society requested its members for his or her ideas and recollections of this spacecraft. is a sampling of these tales submitted by people from around the globe.

In 1977, once I was 13, my faculty class (to the grumblings of fogeys up earlier than down for the drive!) was invited to Edwards AFB to expertise Enterprise’s touchdown on one of many free-flight exams. It was past amazing–to a child who was already a Trekkie, seeing an actual spaceship referred to as Enterprise, and already a space-stuff fan–to see that enormous glider get greater and greater and land easily and are available to its cease. The “program” meant lots because the went into service, however that (and a few years later, after her flight, assembly and speaking with an exquisite Shuttle astronaut, JAXA’s Naoko Yamazaki) are the most effective recollections. Additionally: it is *doable*, however we’ll by no means know though we have mentioned it, that the good and highly effective Mat Kaplan attended the identical free-flight touchdown! There have been 4 different ALTs prefer it, so until one in all you has a DeLorean with a flux capacitor…I am going to simply consider that we had been on the similar occasion all these years in the past.


Mel P.

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