The Space Shuttle orbiter is the spaceplane component of the Space Shuttle, a partially reusable orbital spacecraft system that was part of the discontinued Space Shuttle program. Operated from 1977 to 2011 by NASA.The Space Shuttle is made of up of the Orbiter Vehicle, the External Tank, and 2 Solid Rocket Boosters.
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Missions were launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There were five orbiters built to travel to space: Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor.
Parts of the space shuttle include Fuselage, Wings, Thermal Protection System, Reaction Control System, and Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME). The Crew Compartment consists of the Flight Deck, Mid Deck, and the Equipment Bay.
Most missions had 7 astronauts on board. When they do an EVA or “Space Walk” they can enter the Air Lock to go out into the Payload Bay. The Remote Manipulator System (RMS), also known as the Canadarm, is used used to move payloads around in space. The Orbital Docking System (ODS) was used to dock with the International Space Station (ISS)./Jared Owen