Space Shuttle History
The Rockwell International Space Shuttle was the first, manned,
re-usable spacecraft constructed for NASA. The orbiter
is launched as a spacecraft, but returns to earth as an un-powered glider.
There were six Space Shuttle orbiters built; Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger,
Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour. All but Enterprise have carried crews into
low earth orbit. Most Shuttles were named after famous ocean vessels used in
exploration. Recent missions have supported the construction of the
International Space Station.
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