Information About Spacecrafts

Ares I-X Rocket and Space Shuttle (NASA, 10/28/09) by NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

“Ares I-X Rocket and Space Shuttle (NASA, 10/28/09)” by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

By: Marija Petrushevska , Journalist

The First Reusable Space Shuttle Lunched

On April 12, 1981, the first reusable space shuttle was lunched by NASA. This was the first spacecraft that is able to carry large satellites. NASA has made improvements since 1992 to make it’s safety more stable. On any singe mission the longest the shuttle stayed in orbit was 17.5 days on the STS-80 mission in November 1996.


The Orion Spacecraft

The Orion is human spacecraft designed for more advanced space missions. It was originally conceived in the 2000s.  This spacecraft will take as farther into space that we have ever been. This spacecraft is 5 meters and has a mass of 25 tons.


The Challenger Disaster

On January 28, 1986 the Challenger disaster happened. This space shuttle broke 73 seconds into flight. The cause of this disaster was the O-ring seal failure in right SRB, which caused 7 deaths. This space shuttle was 122.17 ft tall and weighed 80,6oo kilograms.


The Columbus Disaster

In 2003, the Columbia disaster occurred. NASA’s Columbic space shuttle fell apart while it was returning to Earth. With this, it killed 7 astronauts. Because of this, NASA decided to close down space shuttle flights for longer then 2 years. This disaster was the second fatal accident after the Challenger. The space shuttle was 184 feet tall and its weight was 4,500,000 pounds.


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