Also to know is, can Space Shuttle fly moon?
Can the Space Shuttle fly to the Moon? A. No, the Shuttle is designed to travel to low-Earth orbit (within a few hundred miles of the Earth’s surface). It does not carry enough propellant to leave Earth orbit and travel to the Moon.
Also, how long was the space shuttle operational?
The Space Shuttle fleet’s total mission time was
|Cost per launch||US$576 million (2012) to $1.64 billion (2012)|
|Height||56.1 m (184 ft 1 in)|
|Diameter||8.7 m (28 ft 7 in)|
|Mass||2,030,000 kg (4,470,000 lb)|
How many space shuttle were there?
Its thickness is given as 4.8 mm. Question: for that inner layer, which of the two functions, either withstanding the internal atmospheric pressure or providing sufficient areal mass density for the Whipple shield, set that thickness?
This Day in History: April 12
On this day in 1981, NASA launched the first space shuttle, Columbia, which was designed to orbit Earth, transport people and cargo to and from orbiting spacecraft, and glide to a runway landing on its return to Earth.
Between the first launch on April 12, 1981, and the final landing on July 21, 2011, NASA’s space shuttle fleet — Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour — flew 135 missions, helped construct the International Space Station and inspired generations.
Space Shuttle program
|First flight||ALT-12 August 12, 1977|
|First crewed flight||STS-1 April 12, 1981|
|Last flight||STS-135 July 21, 2011|
|Applications||Crew and cargo spaceplane|
|Spacecraft type||Crewed, reusable|
|Launch mass||110,000 kg (240,000 lb)|
While reentering Earth’s atmosphere, Columbia broke apart, killing the entire crew. All of these factors — high costs, slow turnaround, few customers, and a vehicle (and agency) that had major safety problems — combined to make the Bush administration realize it was time for the Space Shuttle Program to retire.
“The bottom line answer is that it was too expensive. Way too expensive,” former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory system engineer Mark Adler wrote in 2015. “The shuttle never met its promise for low-cost access to space by virtue of the system’s reusability.”
7 Answers. Buran and the Space Shuttle will not fly again. Both projects have ended, and the orbiters have gone to museums (or have been destroyed). Reactivating these programs would be enormously expensive at this point.