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What is the space shuttle?

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What is the space shuttle? The space shuttle is the first re-usable spacecraft. It was developed to provide a re-usable, and therefore cheaper, vehicle for launching satellites and for other work in space.

The shuttle is a bulky delta-winged aircraft with powerful rocket motors. At launch, two solid-fuel booster rockets are strapped to its sides, and a giant fuel tank is fixed to its belly.

The rockets and fuel tank fall away after launch, and the rockets are recovered and re-used. In orbit, the shuttle's cargo bay opens to release satellites or allow the crew to work in space. The shuttle lands on a runway like a conventional aircraft.

At takeoff the space shuttle weighs 2,000 tones. It burns almost all of its fuel in the first few minutes after launch, then continues to coast into its orbit 300 km above the surface of Earth

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Category: Astrology  - ( Astrology Archive)

Date Added: 09 December '11

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