The test shuttle Enterprise made its first appearance mated to supportive propellant containers and boosters as it was rolled from the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center en route to the launch pad, some 3.5 miles away, on May 1, 1979. Enterprise underwent several weeks of fit and function checks on the pad in preparation for STS-1, on which its sister craft Columbia took astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen into space for a 54-hour test mission.

The test shuttle Enterprise made its first appearance mated to supportive propellant containers and boosters as it was rolled from the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center en route to the launch pad, some 3.5 miles away, on May 1, 1979. Enterprise underwent several weeks of fit and function checks on the pad in preparation for STS-1, on which its sister craft Columbia took astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen into space for a 54-hour test mission.

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Space Shuttle Enterprise separates from Shuttle Carrier Aircraft NASA 905 (small)
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Space Shuttle Enterprise Move to Intrepid (201206060022HQ) by nasa hq photo, via Flickr

Space Shuttle Enterprise Move to Intrepid (201206060022HQ) by nasa hq photo, via Flickr

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Space shuttle Enterprise and Saturn V rocket, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
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August 12, 1977: Space Shuttle "Enterprise" (OV-101) makes its first free flight from the back of a NASA 747 carrier aircraft for Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests (ALTs). Astronauts Fred W. Haise Jr., and C. Gordon Fullerton were the crew of the "Enterprise." NASA Photo.

August 12, 1977: Space Shuttle "Enterprise" (OV-101) makes its first free flight from the back of a NASA 747 carrier aircraft for Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests (ALTs). Astronauts Fred W. Haise Jr., and C. Gordon Fullerton were the crew of the "Enterprise." NASA Photo.

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NYC. Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

NYC. Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

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Space Shuttle Enterprise Lifted Into Dynamic Test Stand This is an aerial view of the Shuttle Enterprise from 1978.

Space Shuttle Enterprise Lifted Into Dynamic Test Stand This is an aerial view of the Shuttle Enterprise from 1978.

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