Audience: Educators, Informal Education, Students
Grade Levels: 5-8
Subjects: General Science
This NASA video segment explains how the space shuttle reaches orbit. Viewers learn that the space shuttle stack is made of the orbiter with two solid rocket boosters and one external liquid fuel tank that provide the shuttle with enough energy to leave Earth's atmosphere and enter orbit. An astronaut describes the function and duration of each fuel component.
How Do We Get Into Space?: The Role of Solid Rocket Boosters
Duration: 1 minute 40 seconds
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Other video learning clips in this series:
The History of Rocketry and Space Travel
How Far Out in Space Is the Space Shuttle?
What Is the Weather Like in Space?
How Do We Stay in Space Once We Arrive?: The Concept Of Orbiting
Why Do Astronauts Float in Space?
The Mechanics of Returning a Space Shuttle to Earth