Space Shuttle
The words external tank, two solid rocket boosters and orbiter are superimposed on this image of the space shuttle Discovery pulling away from the launch pad

Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew begin the STS-121 mission. Image Credit: NASA

      a reusable spacecraft designed to take people and cargo between Earth and space. It is made up of the external tank, two solid rocket boosters, and the orbiter with the three space shuttle main engines.

The first space shuttle launched in 1981.

The space shuttle is not made to go to the moon or Mars.

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