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In the early 1970s, the Soviets launched Salyut ("salute"), the first manned space station. Although rather cramped, Salyut established the viability of operating and maintaining laboratories in space. Six successful Salyut missions were made between 1971 and 1986.

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  Space Shuttle Space Shuttle: Astronomy: Space Shuttle - THE CHALLENGER DISASTER


Supposed to be a day of "firsts" for the space shuttle, 28 January 1986 is, instead, one of the American space program's darkest. Challenger lifted off with seven crew members, including its first civilian, Christa McAuliffe, a schoolteacher. Less than two minutes into the flight, the huge external tank exploded. The two solid rocket boosters went spiraling away from the blast, and Challenger broke into pieces. Minutes later, its cabin and crew fell into the sea.

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The space race is over, replaced by a spirit of cooperation where expertise is shared.

With the Moon race won, NASA began work on a new type of space vehicle that could be launched conventionally via rockets, but would also be reusable. On 12 April 1981, the space shuttle Columbia rocketed off the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, piloted by astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen. After a 54-hour test flight, it glided safely back to Earth.

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