today's shuttle orbiters are the first true spacecraft. Huge, roomy, and comfortable to live in, they are 122 feet long, and they weigh 200,000 pounds. At lift off. with their giant rocket boosters and external fuel tank, they weigh about 4 1/2 million pounds!
Shuttles work with rocket boosters.
They are launched into space, do their mission or orbit, reaserch and return,
landing on the ground, like an airplane. Most capsules have a basic load
out. "Bathroom", "beds", "launch areas", and other things that you would
need for month long space trips. Their food is completly desposable. It
is in plastic tubes, like tooth paste. Rockets are launched at launching
pads. Launching pads have control areas at control stations, were people
have certain areas to look after. 5..4..3..2..1, "we have lift off", or
"houston we have a problem!" are famous sayings that originated with space
orbits or launchings. Many, many, books have been directed or published
by people that work with space, or astronomy, so check out your local library
to find lots of interesting facts, and figure out what is fact or fiction.