With man's first steps on the moon, the future of the Earth was changed forever. However, the first rockets to be designed for space travel could only be used once. This was extremely costly and it would soon become impractical to continue space trips in such a wasteful manner. In 1972, NASA, America's space agency, began development of a reusable spaceship, calling it a Space Shuttle. This rocket plane could be launched on the back of a huge 154’-long tank, using two booster rockets and its own three engines to climb into space. The Shuttle itself is as large as a jetliner, and can carry a crew of seven plus a large payload. Completely loaded, the Shuttle, payload and launch tanks weigh 4,500,000 lbs. A fleet of Space Shuttles broadened our ability to develop activities in space. Satellites could be launched directly from a Shuttle, and soon they were used for carrying sections of the future space station into orbit to use as a launching point for deep space exploration.
Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer’s suggested colors.
Skill Level: 1
- Painting and assembly required
- 3 sprues
- Molded in white and black plastic
- Snap fit – no glue required
- One decal sheet
- Display stand with nameplate
- Includes markings for Atlantis, Endeavour, Columbia, Discovery and Enterprise
- Illustrated instructions and paint guide