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I always grew up thinking that both of those shuttles only flew in one mission and never made it back home. Now, I found evidence that that's not the case.

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    $\begingroup$ Wikipedia tells us how many flights each made before destruction in the intro to the articles.... $\endgroup$ – Nathan Tuggy Feb 16 '18 at 3:45
  • $\begingroup$ You should include your current state of research about those evidences so that we can add relevant links and references you don't know. $\endgroup$ – Manu H Feb 16 '18 at 6:55
  • $\begingroup$ Columbia was actually the first Shuttle to fly ever, and flew long after Challenger. $\endgroup$ – ORcoder Feb 17 '18 at 20:29
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Challenger: 10 launches

Columbia: 28 launches

Source: spreadsheet I kept throughout my career

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Edit:

Here is an ASCII version of the spreadsheet, created since OP is visually impaired.

+----+----------+------+------------+------------+------+------------+-----------+------+------------+----------+------+------------+-----------+-----+------------+
|    |          |      |            |            |      |            | SEQ       | FLT  |            |          |      |            |           |     |            |
| 39 |          |      |            |            |      |            | 133       | 133  | 2/24/2011  |          |      |            |           |     |            |
| 38 |          |      |            |            |      |            | 131       | 131  | 4/5/2010   |          |      |            |           |     |            |
| 37 |          |      |            |            |      |            | 128       | 128  | 8/28/2009  |          |      |            |           |     |            |
| 36 |          |      |            |            |      |            | 125       | 119  | 3/15/2009  |          |      |            |           |     |            |
| 35 |          |      |            |            |      |            | 123       | 124  | 5/31/2008  |          |      |            |           |     |            |
| 34 |          |      |            |            |      |            | 120       | 120  | 10/23/2007 | SEQ      | FLT  |            |           |     |            |
| 33 |          |      |            |            |      |            | 117       | 116  | 12/9/2006  | 135      | 135  | 7/8/2011   |           |     |            |
| 32 |          |      |            |            |      |            | 115       | 121  | 7/4/2006   | 132      | 132  | 5/14/2010  |           |     |            |
| 31 |          |      |            |            |      |            | 114       | 114  | 7/26/2005  | 129      | 129  | 11/16/2009 |           |     |            |
| 30 |          |      |            |            |      |            | 106       | 105  | 8/10/2001  | 126      | 125  | 5/11/2009  |           |     |            |
| 29 | SEQ      | FLT  |            |            |      |            | 103       | 102  | 3/8/2001   | 121      | 122  | 2/7/2008   |           |     |            |
| 28 | 113      | 107  | 1/16/2003  |            |      |            | 100       | 92   | 10/11/2000 | 118      | 117  | 6/8/2007   |           |     |            |
| 27 | 108      | 109  | 3/1/2002   |            |      |            | 96        | 103  | 12/19/1999 | 116      | 115  | 8/28/2006  |           |     |            |
| 26 | 95       | 93   | 7/23/1999  |            |      |            | 94        | 96   | 5/27/1999  | 111      | 112  | 10/7/2002  | SEQ       | FLT |            |
| 25 | 90       | 90   | 4/17/1998  |            |      |            | 92        | 95   | 10/29/1998 | 109      | 110  | 4/19/2002  | 134       | 134 | 5/16/2011  |
| 24 | 88       | 87   | 11/19/1997 |            |      |            | 91        | 91   | 8/2/1998   | 105      | 104  | 7/12/2001  | 130       | 130 | 2/7/2010   |
| 23 | 85       | 94   | 7/1/1997   |            |      |            | 86        | 85   | 8/7/1997   | 102      | 98   | 2/7/2001   | 127       | 127 | 7/15/2009  |
| 22 | 83       | 83   | 4/4/1997   |            |      |            | 82        | 82   | 2/11/1997  | 99       | 106  | 9/8/2000   | 124       | 126 | 11/10/2008 |
| 21 | 80       | 80   | 11/19/1996 |            |      |            | 70        | 70   | 7/13/1995  | 98       | 101  | 5/19/2000  | 122       | 123 | 3/11/2008  |
| 20 | 78       | 78   | 8/20/1996  |            |      |            | 67        | 63   | 2/3/1995   | 87       | 86   | 9/25/1997  | 119       | 118 | 8/8/2007   |
| 19 | 75       | 75   | 2/22/1996  |            |      |            | 64        | 64   | 9/9/1994   | 84       | 84   | 5/15/1997  | 112       | 113 | 11/23/2002 |
| 18 | 72       | 73   | 10/20/1995 |            |      |            | 60        | 60   | 2/3/1994   | 81       | 81   | 1/12/1997  | 110       | 111 | 6/5/2002   |
| 17 | 63       | 65   | 7/8/1994   |            |      |            | 57        | 51   | 9/12/1993  | 79       | 79   | 9/16/1996  | 107       | 108 | 12/5/2001  |
| 16 | 61       | 62   | 3/4/1994   |            |      |            | 54        | 56   | 4/8/1993   | 76       | 76   | 3/22/1996  | 104       | 100 | 4/19/2001  |
| 15 | 58       | 58   | 10/18/1993 |            |      |            | 52        | 53   | 12/2/1992  | 73       | 74   | 11/12/1995 | 101       | 97  | 11/30/2000 |
| 14 | 55       | 55   | 4/26/1993  |            |      |            | 45        | 42   | 1/22/1992  | 69       | 71   | 6/27/1995  | 97        | 99  | 2/11/2000  |
| 13 | 51       | 52   | 10/22/1992 |            |      |            | 43        | 48   | 9/12/1991  | 66       | 66   | 11/3/1994  | 93        | 88  | 12/4/1998  |
| 12 | 48       | 50   | 6/25/1992  |            |      |            | 40        | 39   | 4/28/1991  | 49       | 46   | 7/31/1992  | 89        | 89  | 1/22/1998  |
| 11 | 41       | 40   | 6/5/1991   | SEQ        | FLT  |            | 36        | 41   | 10/6/1990  | 46       | 45   | 3/24/1992  | 77        | 77  | 5/19/1996  |
| 10 | 38       | 35   | 12/2/1990  | 25         | 51-L | 1/28/1986  | 35        | 31   | 4/24/1990  | 44       | 44   | 11/24/1991 | 74        | 72  | 1/11/1996  |
|  9 | 33       | 32   | 1/9/1990   | 22         | 61-A | 10/30/1985 | 32        | 33   | 11/22/1989 | 42       | 43   | 8/2/1991   | 71        | 69  | 9/7/1995   |
|  8 | 30       | 28   | 8/8/1989   | 19         | 51-F | 7/28/1985  | 28        | 29   | 3/13/1989  | 39       | 37   | 4/5/1991   | 68        | 67  | 3/2/1995   |
|  7 | 24       | 61-C | 1/12/1986  | 17         | 51-B | 4/29/1985  | 26        | 26   | 9/2/1988   | 37       | 38   | 11/15/1990 | 65        | 68  | 9/30/1994  |
|  6 | 9        | 9    | 11/28/1983 | 13         | 41-G | 10/5/1984  | 20        | 51-I | 8/27/1985  | 34       | 36   | 2/28/1990  | 62        | 59  | 4/9/1994   |
|  5 | 5        | 5    | 11/11/1982 | 11         | 41-C | 4/6/1984   | 18        | 51-G | 6/17/1985  | 31       | 34   | 10/18/1989 | 59        | 61  | 12/2/1993  |
|  4 | 4        | 4    | 6/27/1982  | 10         | 41-B | 2/3/1984   | 16        | 51-D | 4/12/1985  | 29       | 30   | 5/4/1989   | 56        | 57  | 6/21/1993  |
|  3 | 3        | 3    | 3/22/1982  | 8          | 8    | 8/30/1983  | 15        | 51-C | 1/24/1985  | 27       | 27   | 12/2/1988  | 53        | 54  | 1/13/1993  |
|  2 | 2        | 2    | 11/12/1981 | 7          | 7    | 6/18/1983  | 14        | 51-A | 11/7/1984  | 23       | 61-B | 11/26/1985 | 50        | 47  | 9/12/1992  |
|  1 | 1        | 1    | 4/12/1981  | 6          | 6    | 4/4/1983   | 12        | 41-D | 8/30/1984  | 21       | 51-J | 10/3/1985  | 47        | 49  | 5/7/1992   |
|    | Columbia |      |            | Challenger |      |            | Discovery |      |            | Atlantis |      |            | Endeavour |     |            |
|    | OV-102   |      |            | OV-099     |      |            | OV-103    |      |            | OV-104   |      |            | OV-105    |     |            |
+----+----------+------+------------+------------+------+------------+-----------+------+------------+----------+------+------------+-----------+-----+------------+
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    $\begingroup$ Cool one. Just for completeness, would you explain what do the colours mean? $\endgroup$ – Diego Sánchez Feb 16 '18 at 14:48
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    $\begingroup$ Blue background = pre Challenger failure, green background = between the failures, orange background = post Columbia failure. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Feb 16 '18 at 14:54
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    $\begingroup$ I am totally blind. Can you describe or edit the image you included in your source? Thanks! $\endgroup$ – HeavenlyHarmony Feb 17 '18 at 5:32
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    $\begingroup$ It shows five columns, one for each of the space-worthy Orbiters. There is an entry in each column for each launch of the Orbiter showing the sequential shuttle program launch number, the mission designation, and the date. I have read that it's difficult to post tables in stack exchange answers but I will see if I can do it so that you can read the info. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Feb 17 '18 at 13:19
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    $\begingroup$ @HeavenlyHarmony I have updated the answer to include an ASCII version of the table. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Feb 17 '18 at 19:06

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