Space Shuttle

America’s space program entered a new phase on April 12, 1981, with the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia — the first reusable spacecraft to fly into Earth’s orbit. After 135 flights over more than 30 years, the Space Shuttle project ended on July 21, 2011.

Five different Space Shuttles were used over the years: Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour. Among the Space Shuttle highlights were Sally Ride as the first U.S. woman in space in 1986, the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990 and the mission in 1998 to assemble the International Space Station.

The Space Shuttle $10.75 stamp was issued to cover the cost of an Express Mail packet. It depicts the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on June 21, 1993.

Stamp Issued:August 4,1995