This Day In Astro History

Columbia rollout
Columbia First Roll Out

Nancy Currie
Nancy Currie

December 29

1980 - Space Shuttle Columbia left the VAB and rolled out to Launch Pad 39A in preparation for the first Shuttle mission, which launched on April 12, 1981.

1958 - Birthday, American Astronaut, Nancy Jane Sherlock Currie. An Engineer and Colonel in the United States Army. She was in the 1990 NASA Group . Time in space 41d 15h 32m on missions STS-57, STS-70, STS-88, STS-109.
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