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Man-In-Space Firsts:
Millennium First Launches

First satellite launch of the 21st century: The first satellite launch of the Third Millennium was a routine blast off. An International Launch Services (ILS) Atlas 2A lifted off from Cape Canaveral's launch complex 36 at 0103hrs GMT on January 21, 2000, carrying the U.S. Air Force satellite DSCS 3-B8.

First space station cargo freighter launch of the 21st century: Russia launched an unmanned Progress supply ship from Earth on Feb. 1, 2000, bound for the Mir space station.

First shuttle launch of the 21st century: The first space shuttle launched in the Third Millennium was Endeavour on mission STS-99, an 11-day radar mapping mission. It left Earth Feb. 11, 2000.

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