Space Shuttles

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The 5 orbiters

Challenger- The Challenger's last unexpected mission happened on January 28, 1986, blowing up and killing all 7 crew members. The Challenger had 10 missions and 60 total crew.

Colombia- Colombia's last mission happened February 1, 2003 when it re-entered Earth's atmosphere and it disintegrated and all 7 crew members died. It had 28 missions and 60 total crew members.

Discovery- The Discovery had 252 total crew members, all alive, and had 39 missions

Atlantis- The Atlantis had 203, all alive, and 33 missions

Endeavor- 173 crew members, all alive, 25 missions

Space Shuttle Parts

  • Orbiter- Holds crew
  • External Fuel Tank- Holds fuel
  • Rocket Boosters- Provides 12.5 million Newtons of thrust at liftoff, 83% of total thrust
  • Length- Liftoff: 184 ft. Orbit: 122 ft.
  • Liftoff weight- 4.5 million lbs.
  • NASA's 5 space shuttles have traveled a total of 513.7 million miles
  • The external tank alone weighs 78,100 lbs.

Space Shuttle Functions

A Space Shuttles' functions to launch satellites and carry people/cargo to orbit. Space Shuttles launch like rockets but they land like airplanes do.

Fun Fact- NASA is worth $259 billion

Cited Sources Used

Information Citations

Dunbar, Brian. NASA. NASA, 06 Nov. 2012. Web. 09 Nov. 2014.

"Space Shuttle Atlantis." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 June 2014. Web. 08 Nov. 2014.

"Space Shuttle Challenger." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 June 2014. Web. 09 Nov. 2014.

"Space Shuttle Columbia." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 June 2014. Web. 09 Nov. 2014.

"Space Shuttle Discovery." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Aug. 2014. Web. 08 Nov. 2014.

"Space Shuttle Endeavour." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 June 2014. Web. 09 Nov. 2014.

Picture Sources

N.d. NASA. Web.

N.d. National Geographic Kids. Web. 09 Nov. 2014.

Video Source

"Space Shuttle History." Space Shuttle History. National Geographic, n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2014.