Forty years later, recollections of the Space Shuttle Columbia


This photo is of the author taken on March 27, 2000, as Evans was entering Columbia’s crew hatch to do an interior tour of the vehicle.I was raised on the space program, watching John Glenn launch into orbit, Ed White walk in space and Neil Armstrong plant his bootprints on the Moon. Twelve years after that seminal event, I was very excited to see the beginning of a new era of supposedly routine access to space with the first launch of the Space Shuttle program.
Columbia and the flight of STS-1 ...

An online subscription is required to view news content on this website.

To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a subscriber? Please click here to order a subscription. Existing print subscribers receive free access to the online edition; current subscribers please click here to request your free access.