For many kids growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, NASA’s Space Shuttle program was awe-inspiring. Many of us remember seeing shuttle after shuttle, with their giant, iconic orange fuel tanks, scream into the upper atmosphere, blasting out flames in their wake. This was the moment that many of us declared that we’d become astronauts, perhaps without understanding what that career path entailed.
So, in order to celebrate the Space Shuttle program in all of its awesomeness, here are some of its greatest images from over the years.
The First Space Shuttle Launch
Through the Clouds
STS-112 Meets Up with the International Space Station
Shuttle Astronaut Andrew Feustel Renters the ISS
Fixing the ISS with New Zealand in the Background
Discovery Docks with Hubble
Endeavour’s Final Flight
Enterprise Visits the Statue of Liberty
Endeavour Atop a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft