"If you don't care about science enough to be interested in it on its own, you shouldn't try to write hard science fiction."
As far as I know, this is the earliest reference to a "space shuttle".
Compare to the shuttle from Stars are Styx (1950) by Theodore Sturgeon, the shuttle ship and Winged Rocket Shuttle from Heinlein's 1951 novel Between Planets, the JAL shuttle from Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer and the Clarke Spaceplane from A Quantum Murder (1998) by Peter F. Hamilton.
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