Space Shuttle Project: Atlantis
By: collin moss
Important dates and info
Last launch: July 8-21, 2011
Date it Atlantis was first brought to Kennedy Space Center: April 13, 1985
Number of missions: 33
Crew members: 14,563
Weight and cost
The Space Shuttle weighed 165,000 pounds empty. Its external tank weighed 78,100 pounds empty and its two solid rocket boosters weighed 185,000 pounds empty each. Each solid rocket booster held 1.1 million pounds of fuel.
It cost about 1.7 billion dollars to build and launch
NASA's fourth space-rated space shuttle, OV-104 "Atlantis," was named after the two-masted boat that served as the primary research vessel for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts from 1930 to 1966. The boat had a 17-member crew and accommodated up to five scientists who worked in two onboard laboratories, examining water samples and marine life. The crew also used the first electronic sounding devices to map the ocean floor.