This Sunday marks the first anniversary of the NASA’s final Space Shuttle launch. During the 30 year program, the U.S. took major strides in space exploration; including placing the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit and construction of the International Space Station. Take a look back at the program’s fascinating history with our archival footage.
Space Shuttle Program Fun Facts:
- While in orbit, the space shuttle circled the planet at 17,500 mph, which means that the crew could see a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes.
- The shuttle landed on Michelin tires – designed to withstand the force of 40 NASCAR racers all hitting the pavement at 250 mph.
- Liquid hydrogen & oxygen make up most of the shuttle’s fuel, so the exhaust during launch consisted mostly of water vapor.
- The orbiter’s main engines drain enough fuel to empty an average swimming pool every 25 seconds.
|Space Shuttle Launch:
|Shuttles in Space:
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