This concept art from the Shuttle Program’s early days depicts two spacecraft and what looks like an early vision of an orbital outpost. This illustration comes from the archives of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, where you’ll find lots of “ideas that never flew...but might have led to other successful aircraft!”

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lostEngineer

The shuttle could have done so much more, if politics, economics and physics didn’t get in the way!