Q:

What are all the space shuttle names?

A:

NASA's space shuttle fleet was comprised of orbiters Atlantis, Challenger, Columbia, Discovery, Endeavour and a prototype craft named Enterprise. The space shuttle program began in 1981 and conducted 135 missions.

NASA's space shuttle was the world's first reusable spacecraft and was designed to carry astronauts and equipment into orbit. The first two shuttles constructed, Columbia and Challenger, were both lost during missions. NASA's remaining shuttles were officially retired in 2011, with the remaining three shuttles placed on permanent public display. As of 2014, they remain at California Science Center, the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and the Kennedy Space Center.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    How much does the Space Shuttle weigh?

    A:

    According to the California Institute of Technology, a NASA space shuttle, by itself, weighed 165,000 pounds. When the weight of the external tank, the two solid rocket boosters and the fuel was included, the total weight came to 4.4 million pounds.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the top speed of a space shuttle?

    A:

    The NASA space shuttles, which ceased operation in 2011, orbited Earth at 17,500 miles per hour, according to SPACE.com. At this speed, the space shuttle traveled more than 5 miles every second. During operation, the space shuttle fleet traveled more that 500 million miles.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    When was the space shuttle invented?

    A:

    The invention of the space shuttle occurred over many years beginning with the announcement of the shuttle design program in 1972 and ending with the first shuttle launch in 1981, though many improvements occurred throughout the years. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration designed the first space shuttle.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How high does a space shuttle fly?

    A:

    The U.S. Space Shuttles flew at a variety of altitudes depending on their individual missions, mostly between 190 to 330 nautical miles above the Earth. The highest mission flown by a Space Shuttle was STS-82, where the shuttle reached 335 nautical miles to service and boost the Hubble Space Telescope.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore