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  Facts about space shuttles
Updated 01 February 2003, 17.18

Since the first space shuttle flight in 1981, there have been many sucessful flights. Here are a few facts about the shuttle.

  • Shuttle Fleet: Enterprise, Columbia (broke up 2003), Challenger (exploded 1986), Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavor
  • Cost of Endeavor: $ 2.1 billion
  • Oldest Shuttle: Columbia (OV-102) was the oldest of Nasa's fleet of space planes.
  • Shuttles made of two parts:The engines, which fall off after launch, and the orbiter which holds the astronauts
  • Total Weight at lift-off: 2.04 million kg (4.5 million pounds)
  • Shuttle System Length: 56.08 m (184 feet)
  • Orbiter Length: 37.19 m (122 feet)
  • Orbiter Wingspan: 23.77 m (78 feet)
  • Hottest Temperature on Re-entry: 1650 degrees c


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