Top Ten Shuttle Memories
Highlights from America's longest-lived space program.
- By Tony Reichhardt
- AirSpaceMag.com, July 08, 2011
Some of the most dramatic early shuttle missions were salvage and repair operations. In November 1984 the crew of mission STS-51A retrieved two malfunctioning communications satellites in orbit, stowed them in Discovery’s cargo bay, and brought them back to Earth to be refurbished and relaunched by new owners. The sign held by Dale Gardner neatly summed up NASA’s early attempts at commercializing the shuttle.