Bottom portion of Space Shuttle solid fuel boosters, 1979.
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The Space Shuttle, the world's first partially reusable launch vehicle, first flew on 12th April 1981 and has been used for all America's manned space misions ever since. These two Space Shuttle solid rocket booster segments were the first to arrive at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. They were mated to the rest of the solid fuel boosters and used on the first orbital test of the Space Shuttle in April 1981.