project had cost $10bn and about a decade to achieve.
introduced the first shuttle, 'The Enterprise', to an astonished world during
a ceremony at Palmdale, California, on this day.
first space shuttle flight occurred in 1977. The shuttle was launched on the back
of a Boeing 747 which released it at a height of 25,000 feet. The shuttle glided
back, safely, to earth (to the Edwards Air Force Base).
flights then began on 12 April 1981, when 'The Columbia' launched into space for
a two day mission.