Shuttle Was Scaled Back Before It Was Started

Credit: William G. Hartenstein/AW&ST
Engineers at NASA already were thinking seriously about a reusable human spacecraft when Neil Armstrong made his small step for mankind on July 20, 1969. The Cold War race to the Moon had been won even before Armstrong and Aldrin opened Tranquility Base, when the Soviets’ N1 Moon rocket fell victim...

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