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As the completion of the Space Shuttle Program approaches, Boeing is commemorating 30 years of Shuttle operations. Beginning in the early 1970s, Boeing served as the program’s prime contractor for the design and construction of the orbiters and later, the analytical integration of the Shuttle stack. Without doubt, the Space Shuttle – through the deployment of satellites, star-gazing telescopes and astrophysical instruments, providing on-orbit support of scientific laboratories and technological demonstrations, as well as the challenging creation of the International Space Station – has provided immeasurable service to the United States and many other nations of the world. The Space Shuttle was, and remains the most innovative crewed space launch system created to date. The success of this historical program was built on the passion and commitment of each person involved.
Earlier this year, Boeing encouraged employees to share their memories and experiences on the Space Shuttle Program and compiled them into a collection to honor the hard work, enthusiasm and unfailing dedication of the workforce to the orbiters, America’s Space Shuttle Program and the larger objectives of the United States’ human spaceflight goals. In addition to its achievements, we also recall the tragedies of the Challenger and Columbia accidents on January 28, 1986, and February 1, 2003, respectively. But throughout the challenges encountered, employees on the Space Shuttle Program persevered, learned and grew from the experience.
The photo gallery above includes historic photos taken throughout the Shuttle Program and some of the thoughts and reflections from the workforce who made the program successful. To view the entire book click here.