By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 12, 2021) – In Issue 2021-69 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the Space Shuttle beginnings.

Space Shuttle Columbia - Wikipedia

Space Shuttle Columbia (Wikipedia Image) 

Up, Up and Away!

The first Space Shuttle flight occurred 40 years ago today when Columbia lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

This NASA program using reusable crafts to deliver various payloads into earth orbit and to complete many other tasks had many ups and downs over the years, as most of us know.

For me, the most memorable event was seeing the Space Shuttle land at Edwards Air Force Base.  This was followed by another Space Shuttle taking off piggyback on top of a modified Boeing 747 a few hours later heading to Florida.  This takeoff punctuated a brief speech given on the spot by President Reagan.  Lots of flags were waving.

Here is a map of the Sunshine State by Johnson from 1863.

Map of Florida – 1863 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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