Orbiting satellite after launch from the Space Shuttle, 1980s.
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Orbiting satellite after launch from Shuttle, 1980s. The satellite is shown shortly after being launched from the cargo bay of a Space Shuttle Orbiter, with the Earth in the background. 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.