@stro object for the week of 11/29/1999
courtesy of NASA
Space Shuttle. The
Space Shuttle, also known as the STS for "Space Transportation
System", is currently the world's only reusable spacecraft.
It is capable of carrying passengers and cargo into low Earth orbit.
Typical missions include satellite repair and launch as well as
in-space science experiments performed inside the shuttle payload
bay. First launched in 1981 there are currently four Space Shuttles
in the active fleet. They are Columbia (the first launched), Endeavor,
Discovery and Atlantis. The next mission is designated STS-103 and
is due to launch in December 1999 to service the ailing Hubble Telescope.
The next generation of Space Shuttle is under development, but the
fleet of vehicles currently
in service are expected to continue their work into the next decade.
information for STS-103:
Hubble Telescope maintenance
Launch Date (subject to change): 12/09/1999
Launch Time: 10:10pm (PST)
of the mission: 9 days