Space Shuttle Program

space-shuttle.jpg MISSION SUMMARY
Mission: Space Transportation Program
Launch date: 1981 - 2011
Launch vehicles:
Launch site: KSC, Cape Canaveral
Crew capacity: Crew of 7
Orbiters: Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavour
Overview: The Space Shuttle orbiter is launched vertically, usually carrying five to seven astronauts (although eight have been carried) and up to 50,000 lb (22 700 kg) of payload into low earth orbit. During descent and landing the orbiter acts as a re-entry vehicle and a glider, using its OMS system and flight surfaces to make adjustments.  Its missions involve carrying large payloads to various orbits (including segments to be added to the International Space Station), providing crew rotation for the International Space Station, and performing service missions.

Documents and PowerPoints
Shuttle Transportation System.ppt
Launch System.ppt

Shuttle Station Docking.ppt

Related MGG Portal Links
STS-133 - Feb 2011, Final flight of Discovery
STS-134 - May 2011, Final flight of Endeavour
STS-135 - July 2011, Final flight of Atlantis

International Space Station
History of Spaceflight
Space Physiology

Reminder: email links to visitors

NASA Links
Human Spaceflight - Shuttle - Current status
The Space Shuttle Era: 1981-2011
Human Space Flight Orbital Tracking System

NASA TV - Live streaming

Living in Space
Human Spaceflight

Wikipedia Links
Space Shuttle

List of space shuttle missions
List of Space Shuttle crews
Orbiter Processing Facility
Shuttle Training Aircraft

List of human spaceflights
Space accidents and incidents

Other Related Links
How The Space Shuttle Works
360 view of shuttle flight deck

ISS Sighting Opportunities

NASA Missions

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Space_Shuttle_Program_CommemorativePatch.png Mission patch

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Space_shuttle_mission_profile.jpgShuttle mission profile
Space_Shuttle_Orbiter-Illustration.jpgOrbiter Illustration


space-shuttle.jpg The Space Shuttle
Narrated by William Shatner


ShuttleFlightDeck.jpg Virtual Tour of Shuttle
A virtual tour of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103) at the Kennedy Space Center during its last mission, STS-133.

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