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Space shuttle in orbit

Space shuttle in orbit

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DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Space shuttle in orbit. Historical image of NASA's Space Shuttle in orbit over the Earth. Space Shuttles, flown by NASA since 1981, are reusable spacecraft. They are launched with an external fuel tank and two booster rockets, which have been jettisoned by this stage. An ascent to orbit takes about 9 minutes.

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