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The Space Shuttle is developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA coordinates and manages the Space Transportation System (NASA's name for the overall Shuttle program.) The Space Shuttle system consists of four primary elements: an orbiter spacecraft, two Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB), an external tank to house fuel and three Space Shuttle main engines.

The space shuttle is the world's first reusable spacecraft, and the first spacecraft in history that can carry large satellites both to and from orbit. The shuttle launches like a rocket, maneuvers in Earth orbit like a spacecraft and lands like an airplane. Each of the three space shuttle orbiters now in operation -- Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour -- is designed to fly at least 100 missions.

Shuttle Facts, Fun & Resources

Click & Learn about the Shuttle Fleet!
Launch Simulation
21st Century Shuttle Brochure
Columbia Tragedy (USA Today)
Shuttle Virtual Tour
Shuttle Orbiter Basics

 

 

 




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