Except for the external tank, all parts of the Space Shuttle are reusable. The Shuttle can be used to recover malfunctioning satellites and return them to Earth for repair. A runway landing is less costly than a parachute descent and sea recovery, such as the ones with the Apollo spacecraft.
The StarChild site is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/ GSFC.
StarChild Authors: The StarChild Team
StarChild Graphics & Music: Acknowledgments
StarChild Project Leader: Dr. Laura A. Whitlock
Responsible NASA Official: