24 Spectacular Space Shuttle Launch Images

From the first launch of Space Shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981 (Mission STS-1) through the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011 (Mission STS-135), many incredible photos were taken. This gallery presents some of the most spectacular launch images of space shuttles Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.

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