Spaceflight Now visited space shuttle Columbia in March 2000, during its year-long, routine maintenance and modification period at Boeing's shuttle plant in Palmdale, California.
Step aboard the space shuttle Columbia for a virtual reality tour of the spaceship midway through its maintenance and modification period.
Space shuttle Columbia lifts off on its maiden voyage on April 12, 1981, with astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen at the controls.
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Space shuttle Columbia makes the first, and so far only, landing at the White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico.
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Columbia lifts off on the first operational shuttle mission in November 1982 with two satellites onboard. STS-5 was the fifth shuttle flight.
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A spectacular sunrise launch for Columbia on January 12, 1986, the last successful shuttle flight before the Challenger accident.
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Commander Brewster Shaw lands Columbia at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in August 1989 after a classified Department of Defense mission.
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Columbia's most recent flight last July launched NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Eileen Collins, the first woman commander
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