How Do We Get Into Space?: The Role of Solid Rocket Boosters
An astronaut stands in front of the space shuttle stack at the launch pad

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 5-8

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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This video clip is part of the Liftoff to Learning: Space Basics DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.

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