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Will the space shuttle ever fly again?

Ilya Sterin|May 5, 2021
4 Answers. Buran and the Space Shuttle will not fly again. Both projects have ended, and the orbiters have gone to museums (or have been destroyed). Reactivating these programs would be enormously expensive at this point.

Just so, how does space shuttle come back to earth?

The Shuttle's Return to Earth. For a successful return to Earth and landing, dozens of things have to go just right. Once the orbiter is tail first, the crew fires the OMS engines to slow the orbiter down and fall back to Earth; it will take about 25 minutes before the shuttle reaches the upper atmosphere.

One may also ask, why were space shuttles discontinued?

Bush initiated the Space Shuttle's cancellation back in 2004 as part of his Vision for Space Exploration, where its main purpose in the coming years was to “help finish assembly of the International Space Station.” He announced that the Space Shuttle will retire from service in 2010, after three decades of duty.

How many space shuttles are left?

6 Space Shuttles were built (although only 5 of them spaceworthy): Challenger, Enterprise, Columbia, Discovery, Atlantis & Endeavour. 4 of them are still around, in various museums.

Will NASA ever launch again?

The mission, Demo-2, will mark NASA's first crew launch from American soil since the agency's space shuttle fleet retired in July 2011. "On May 27, will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil!" NASA chief Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter in an announcement today (April 17).

Could the space shuttle be reactivated?

4 Answers. Buran and the Space Shuttle will not fly again. Both projects have ended, and the orbiters have gone to museums (or have been destroyed). Reactivating these programs would be enormously expensive at this point.

What will replace the space shuttle?

NASA has selected the two spacecraft that will replace the Space Shuttle — taking astronauts to the International Space Station beginning in 2017. In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, NASA officials announced that both the SpaceX Dragon and Boeing CST-100 will move forward as part of the Commercial Crew Program.

Does NASA still use space shuttles?

Discovery was the first of the three active Space Shuttles to be retired, completing its final mission on March 9, 2011; Endeavour did so on June 1. The final shuttle mission was completed with the landing of Atlantis on July 21, 2011, closing the 30-year Space Shuttle program.

Could the space shuttle have gone to the moon?

Can the Space Shuttle fly to the Moon? A. No, the Space Shuttle is designed to travel in low-Earth orbit (within a few hundred miles of the Earth's surface). It does not carry enough propellant to leave Earth's orbit and travel to the Moon.

How high could the space shuttle go?

The exact speed depends on the Space Shuttle's orbital altitude, which normally ranges from 190 miles to 330 miles (304 kilometers to 528 kilometers) above sea level, depending on its mission. Each of the two Solid Rocket Boosters on the Space Shuttle carries more than one million pounds of solid propellant.

Who owns SpaceX?

SpaceX
SpaceX Headquarters during Iridium-4 launch operations, December 2017
Services Orbital rocket launch
Owner Elon Musk Trust (54% equity; 78% voting control)
Number of employees 8,000 (November 2019)
Website www.spacex.com

Can u get pregnant in space?

As a result NASA's official policy forbids pregnancy in space. Female astronauts are tested regularly in the 10 days prior to launch. And sex in space is very much frowned upon. So far the have been no confirmed instances of coitus, though lots of speculation.

What happens to astronauts when they return from space?

In space, astronauts lose fluid volume—including up to 22% of their blood volume. Because it has less blood to pump, the heart will atrophy. Upon return to earth, the blood begins to pool in the lower extremities again, resulting in orthostatic hypotension."

How much do astronauts get paid?

Astronauts' annual salaries are determined using a government pay scale, and starting out, typically fall under two grades: GS-12 and GS-13. According the US government's 2020 pay scales and a NASA job listing, a civilian astronaut in 2020 can earn between $66,167 and $161,141 per year.

How do astronauts poop?

How do astronauts poop in space? Tthe poop is sealed inside a plastic bag and hauled off the next space trash day, Whitson said. When it's too full, astronauts must "put a rubber glove on and pack it down." That's what happens when the ISS toilet is working.

Do astronauts pass out during reentry?

(CNN) The lack of gravity astronauts encounter during spaceflight makes returning to the force of Earth's gravity a little disorienting. And when they return to Earth, they faint. A new study published Friday in Circulation, the American Heart Association's journal, has identified a way to avoid that.

Why is reentry so fast?

The one thing you can do to help with re-entry speed is to orbit the Earth in the same direction that it spins. The Earth's surface (and so its atmosphere too) moves at 460 meters per second towards the East, or about 1,000 miles per hour) because of its rotation (it's spinning towards the rising sun).

Has anyone died in space?

As of 2020, there have been 15 astronaut and 4 cosmonaut fatalities during spaceflight. Astronauts have also died while training for space missions, such as the Apollo 1 launch pad fire which killed an entire crew of three. There have also been some non-astronaut fatalities during spaceflight-related activities.

How cold is space?

Hot things move quickly, cold things very slowly. If atoms come to a complete stop, they are at absolute zero. Space is just above that, at an average temperature of 2.7 Kelvin (about minus 455 degrees Fahrenheit).

How do astronauts shower?

On the Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS), astronauts went back to the “old-fashioned” way of bathing in space. On the ISS, astronauts do not shower but rather use liquid soap, water, and rinseless shampoo. They squeeze liquid soap and water from pouches onto their skin.

Why did we stop going to the moon?

But in 1970 future Apollo missions were cancelled. Apollo 17 became the last manned mission to the Moon, for an indefinite amount of time. The main reason for this was money. The cost of getting to the Moon was, ironically, astronomical.

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