Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the successful launch of STS-1, the first shuttle, Columbia.
CNN has a nice commemorative media package here.
Aboard that first launch were just two crew members: Commander John Young and rookie pilot Robert Crippen. Neither had any idea what to expect when they fired up the engines and rocketed the wide-body space-bus straight up like a Roman Candle, but it all turned out OK.
At the time I thought the shuttle was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
This was no mere rocket. It was smooth like one, but shaped like a plane. A true spaceship for the very first time. It was one step closer to the Millennium Falcon for me, but a nightmare of possible failures to every engineer who worked on it and everyone who flew aboard it.
In hindsight, perhaps they should have stuck with the rockets...
Posted by Jerry Battiste at 7:23 PM