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A completely reusable thermal protection system composed of about 28,000 tiles and blankets protect the orbiter from the nearly 2,500 de- gree heat of reentry air friction. How big The external tank, or ET, eter and is the external fuel tank? 6 million pounds of liquid oxy- gen and liquid hydrogen, which powers the orbiter's liquid-fueled engines. Large openings in the belly of the orbiter allow fuel ET After the lines to carry the fuel to the engines. is jettisoned, doors are closed over these openings to form a perfectly that can withstand the heat of reentry.

Even visiting cosmonauts are amazed at the level of control astronauts are given over the machine they ride. In fact, if a shuttle crew lost all contact with Mission Control immediately after lift-off, they could still fly into orbit and return safely to Earth (though they would probably use up ten lifetimes' worth of adrenaline in the process). The first time I climbed into a shuttle cockpit, I wasn't surprised by the number of switches as much as I was by the physical size of the switches. I expected weight would be a critical factor in the design of a spaceship, so thing —switches included —would be I envisioned that every- minimized in size and weight.

Beyond this distance, the counterintuitive behavior of orbit mechanics makes him a Earth tells slave to radar and computer data. Chapter 2 Space Shuttle Pre-M ission and Launch Operations Space Why did we To answer Shuttle Pre-Mission build a and Launch Operations £^ 25 space shuttle? this question, think back on what America used to put astronauts and satellites in space before the shuttle: Delta, and Saturn rockets. All of these were throwaway Nothing was used again. The rocket stages were jettisoned into the ocean.

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