FAQ About Space Shuttle Program
During the Space Shuttle program, several missions were canceled. Many were canceled as a result of the Challenger and the Columbia disasters. Many early missions were canceled due to delays in the development of the shuttle.
Following the Columbia disaster, shuttle flights were suspended for more than two years. And in 2004, President George Bush revealed his administration's Vision for Space Exploration, announcing that the program would be terminated after the end of the construction of the International Space Station.
It failed in the goal of achieving reliable access to space, partly due to multi-year interruptions in launches following Shuttle failures. Two out of the five spacecraft were destroyed in accidents, killing 14 astronauts, the largest loss of life in space exploration.
The mission launched on 2 December 1993 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.