# When was the first space shuttle made?

April 12, 1981

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## 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.

Consequently, how long did it take the space shuttle to get to the space station? It can take anywhere from 6 hours to 3 days to get to the International Space Station, depending on the spacecraft and mission profile. It took the Apollo astronauts about three days to get to the Moon. Although the Moon is much farther away than the ISS, the Apollo spacecraft travelled more directly and quickly.

## Also, how long was the space shuttle operational?

The Space Shuttle fleet’s total mission time was

 Size 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?

Six space shuttles

## How thick is the ISS walls?

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?

the thermosphere

## What happened April 12th 1981?

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.

## What was the space shuttle era and what was the purpose?

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.

## When did the space shuttle start and end?

Space Shuttle program

Program history
Duration 1972–2011
First flight ALT-12 August 12, 1977
First crewed flight STS-1 April 12, 1981
Last flight STS-135 July 21, 2011

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## Who built NASA space shuttles?

NASA
 Specifications Operator NASA Applications Crew and cargo spaceplane Spacecraft type Crewed, reusable Launch mass 110,000 kg (240,000 lb)

## Why don’t we use space shuttles anymore?

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.

## Why was shuttle program Cancelled?

“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.”

## Will the space shuttle ever fly again?

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.