The most horrifying facts about the SpaceShuttle
The shuttle killed more people than any other spacevehicle in space history.
The explosion of
killed 6 astronauts and 1teacher, and the explosion of the
killedseven more astronauts.This may seem less, but is much greater than theSoviet space program or the Chinese program.
It was extremely expensive.
Each mission cost around
(!!!)And therehave been 135 missions in total. The lifetime cost ofthe Space Shuttle program has been estimated to bearound
This cost is due to the launchpad, and many non
reusable items such as the
external fuel tank
which had to be replaced aftereach mission.The Russian Soyuz flight is said to have cost only
Equipment was very old.
The space shuttle used the equipment which was
designed in the 1970’s and the 1980’s. At one point,
NASA had to find the parts which no one made anymore,ever
It never flew that high as many people think.
Generally people think that the shuttle takes theastronauts from the Earth to the moon and vice versa.