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    Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) Large Color Launch Photo Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, Signed and Certified. A 10.75" x 13.75" glossy color photo picturing Space Shuttle Columbia as it launched from Kennedy Space Center launch pad LC 39A on April 12, 1981. He has signed in the upper right: "The Launch of STS-1 From My/ Personal Collection/ John W. Young". The photo is laid down to a 16" x 20" white mat, ready for framing. Written on the back in an unknown hand is the image number: "S81-30462". The rocket is mirrored in the nearby water making this a very elegant image. Extremely fine condition with a couple of tiny marks on the mat and some light splatters on the photo visible only at an angle, mentioned for accuracy.

    This Space Shuttle test flight mission launched exactly twenty years to the day after the first-ever manned space flight, Vostok 1, that carried Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into Earth orbit. Commander Young and Pilot Robert Crippen were the only crewmembers on the maiden voyage of the shuttle vehicle, the first use of solid fuel rockets for a manned launch. The thirty hour, thirty-seven orbit mission landed at Edwards Air Force Base on April 14, 1981.

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