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STS 1 Columbia – The first orbital NASA’s Space Shuttle program launches from Titusville
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STS 1 Columbia – The first orbital NASA’s Space Shuttle program launches from Titusville

The first orbiter, Columbia (Space Transportation System-1), launched on 12 April 1981 from Kennedy Space Center Launch pad 39A and returned on 14 April, having orbited the Earth 36 times. Columbia carried a crew of two – mission commander John W. ...
Baikonur Cosmodrome – The world’s first spaceport for orbital and human launches in Baikonur
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Baikonur Cosmodrome – The world’s first spaceport for orbital and human launches in Baikonur

The spaceport is located in the desert steppe of Baikonur, about 200 kilometers east of the Aral Sea and north of the river Syr Darya. It is near the Tyuratam railway station and is about 90 meters above sea level. Baikonur Cosmodrome is currently leased...

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