Space Shuttle

Verse 1:
The Space Transportation System (STS)
1981 to 2011
135 missions
Starting with the Enterprise test vehicle

Chorus:
Columbia Challenger
Discovery Atlantis
Endeavor
Make Up the Shuttle Program

Verse 2:
So many accomplishments
Construction of the International Space Station
Hubble Space Telescope repair
Such public disasters
Challenger exploded after liftoff
Columbia disintegrated on reentry

Chorus:

Bridge:
Accepting increased crew risk to have higher mission rates

Verse 3:
Today:
Atlantis is on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, (Florida)
Discovery is at the Udvar-Hazy Center (the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM)'s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport)
Endeavour is on display at the California Science Center, (Expostion Park, Los Angeles)
Enterprise is displayed at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (New York City)

Unused Lyrical Ideas:
Originally believed to save money by using a reusable
Partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft
A per-launch cost of 1.6 billion dollars
Solid Rocket Boosters provided most of the thrust
Officially called: Space Transportation System (STS)
Hubble: The universe is 13.7 billion years old.

Criticism:
NASA accepting increased risk to the crew in exchange for higher mission rates

Disasters:
On January 28, 1986 Challenger
STS-51-L disintegrated 73 seconds

On February 1, 2003
Columbia disintegrated during re-entry,

References:
britannica.com/technology/space-shuttle
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle
nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle...yout/index.html

nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shutt...ns/posters.html
nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle...ture_media.html

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