- The first US
SPACE SHUTTLE was launched on 12 April 1981.
Shuttle is reusable and since that first journey many more missions
have been flown, teaching astronauts a lot more about living and
working in space.
- The Shuttle
Orbiter is a cross between a space station and a space plane.
- People can
live inside it as it orbits the Earth.
- It can
land its crew safely back home and then, after being checked and
refitted, it can fly on another mission.
- It is
mainly used to launch satellites and to rescue them for repair.
control all the Orbiters systems.
- The crews
check these systems by looking at consoles on the flight deck high up
on the nose.
Control back on Earth
constantly monitors the computers.
have a miniature kitchen
called a galley, where they heat up their food in pre-packed
can rest in the sleep
station, strapping themselves into sleeping bags.
- One sleeps
upside down and one sleeps
standing up. Because they are weightless, it feels quite normal.
can take up to seven
crewmembers, led by a commander.
board they float around
weightlessly. But the can anchor themselves by fitting their boots into