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Space transport at last.

Problems with developing the Space Shuttle's main engines and in use of the heat-shield tiles delayed the initial launch of the Shuttle by three years. Finally a launch date was set for April 10, 1981, but as if to prove how similar the Shuttle was to other forms of "commuter" transport, the launch was postponed and the first shuttle mission, STS-1, launched on April 12th with a crew of two astronauts - John Young and Robert Crippen.

PS: There wasn't really anyone waiting to be picked up, but if there was, they may have well have felt as above! Even if, all in all, it was a job well done...