A Brief History
On September 12, 1992, NASA launched mission STS-47, an historic flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Among the notable facts about this particular flight, is that this mission marked the 50th space shuttle flight. Another first, was the first African American woman in space, Mae Carol Jemison. Mamoru Mohri became the first ever Japanese astronaut aboard a US spacecraft, and the first married couple to be together in space when Mark Lee and Jan Davis made the space flight as crew members.
Endeavor made a total of 25 successful space flights from 1992 until retirement in 2011. A total of five reusable space shuttles were used in the program, with 135 missions flown between them. Sadly, Columbia and Challenger were lost with their entire crews before the other three ships were retired. A total of 306 men and 49 women flew on space shuttle flights, including Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.
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For more information, please see…
Miller, Roland. The Space Shuttle: A Mission-by-Mission Celebration of NASA’s Extraordinary Spaceflight Program. Artisan, 2022.
Regas, Dean. 1,000 Facts About Space. National Geographic Kids, 2022.
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