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|The Space Shuttle|
As the Space Shuttle returns to Earth from space, its belly glows
red hot for about 10 minutes. The temperature of the Shuttle belly
is over 1,200 degrees Celsius.|
The Space Shuttle takes off like a rocket, orbits Earth like a spaceship,
and lands like an airplane. Unlike earlier vehicles used for space travel,
the Shuttle can be reused. The Shuttle has a huge payload bay in which
cargo, such as a space probe, is carried into space. The Space Shuttle has
allowed astronauts to carry out many important missions, such as the launch
and repair of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Six Space Shuttles have been built. The first was the Shuttle
Enterprise, but it has never been into space. It was used for training
exercises. The first Shuttle to orbit Earth was called Columbia. One
of the Shuttles, Challenger, blew up on its way into orbit in 1986. The
Columbia broke into pieces trying to return to Earth from orbit in 2003.|
The Space Shuttle is a vehicle which takes off like a rocket, orbits
like a spacecraft, and lands like a _______.
The Space Shuttle is a vehicle which takes off like a rocket, orbits like a spacecraft, and lands like a _______.
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