To mark the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle, NASA produced this 14-minute documentary (narrated by William Shatner). Introducing the film, NASA tells us:
An idea born in unsettled times becomes a feat of engineering excellence. The most complex machine ever built to bring humans to and from space and, eventually, construct the next stop on the road to space exploration.
The film contains highlights of the Shuttle's entire history, including initial pre-launch events.
The United States government is ending the shuttle program after Atlantis completes its last mission (STS-135) during July of 2011.
STS-1 - The First Shuttle Mission - Columbia's Launch
STS-1 - The First Shuttle Mission - Columbia Lands
Challenger - Dr. Feynman Shows Why the Mission was Lost
Challenger - Recreation of Dr. Feynman's Cross-Examination of NASA Official
Columbia - Debris Strikes the Orbiter During Launch
Columbia - Dept of Defense Video - Orbiter Disintegration
Columbia - Why the Mission was Lost
Endeavour - Foam from External Fuel Tank Breaks Loose During Launch
Light Show at Mach 25.1 - Endeavour Lands
Loss of Challenger, in Detail
Loss of Columbia, in Detail
"The Space Shuttle," a NASA documentary, online courtesy NASA.