79 – Excellent historical technical description of NASA’s Space Shuttle System (Repost with update)

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While researching past Earth-to-orbit space transportation systems, I came across this excellent series of historical documents related to NASA’s Space Transportation System. This work was undertaken by the Space Transportation System Recording Project, Historic American Engineering Record, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. It has produced a series of drawings, photographs, and historical narrative describing the development and operation of the Space Transportation System.

The Historic American Engineering Record and the associated Historic American Building Survey have records of 40,000 American structures and sites. It has started to include key space structures and sites.The collection may be searched here.