What year did the first space shuttle enter space?

On April 12, 1981 the Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-1, became the first space shuttle to orbit the Earth. It returned to earth two days later, and was returned to Kennedy Space Center fourtenn days after that. For more information on STS-1, visit: http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/sts-1/mission-sts-1.html
Space Shuttle Columbia launched on mission STS-1 on April 12, 1981. Space Shuttle Columbia launched on mission STS-1 on April 12, 1981.