The Space Shuttle program ran from 1972-2011. It was the fourth human spaceflight program carried out by the United States and NASA. The Space Shuttle, officially known as the Space Transportation System or STS, was the first reusable spacecraft to carry humans into orbit in the world.

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    Role Model September 21, 2022 Seeing Earth Through Astronaut Eyes August 12, 2022 In Her Own Orbit March 22, 2022 Being Discovery’s Curator March 09, 2022 Training for the Shuttle: From the Personal Papers of Sally Ride and David Brown December 01, 2021
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    Learn more Raytheon Technologies Living in the Space Age National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC December 31, 2025 - December 31, 2037 Learn more Moving Beyond Earth National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC November 18, 2009 - March 28, 2022
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    STEM in 30: 8 Minute Ride: The Space Shuttle at 40

    Learn about the legacy of the space shuttle program with the STEM in 30 team.

    https://youtu.be/RpomQWwmsLM Grade 7, Grade 6, Grade 8 Space Shuttle program

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    My Path: Dava Newman; Former Deputy Administrator for NASA

    Have you ever wondered how important people get to where they are? NASA's deputy director; Dava Newman; shares her path in this segment brought to you by STEM in 30.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyylQhSl0IE&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_VvN6SkGaFShkAyOcNX8Rry&index=8 Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 Human spaceflight, Moon (Earth), People, Science, Small solar system bodies, Solar System, Space, Space Shuttle program, Spacecraft, Women

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    Smithsonian Science Starter: Building Paper Airplanes with Astronaut Gregory Ray J Johnson

    What does flying a paper airplane have to do with landing the Space Shuttle?

    https://youtu.be/2lVzXQElTpU Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 3, Grade 5, Grade 4 Aircraft, Technology and Engineering, Space Shuttle program

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    Smithsonian Science Starter: Kinetic Energy on the Space Shuttle with Astronaut Ricky Arnold

    What does kinetic energy have to do with the Space Shuttle? Find out from NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold.

    https://youtu.be/eIq-fNyM6l4 Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Commercial spaceflight, Human spaceflight, Science, Spacecraft, Space Shuttle program

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    Smithsonian Science Starter: Mission Patches

    Investigate the history of the mission patches worn by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS); and previous NASA missions.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g67QZCzYIDjYH5sABxtiNsmxdkLQxvm5WvDj0sArVBM/edit?usp=sharing Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Apollo program, Space stations, Space Shuttle program

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    To the Moon and Beyond Breakout Room

    Students will learn about the US's first human journeys into space in order to will crack the codes from the different NASA missions to gain the final passcode for the Artemis future missions to Mars!

    https://sites.google.com/s/1FyR9-e0M3t8MhPpqkXKjwo4YIdwOAPkZ/p/1p3oZ3tdrgSFUO9nci9HEiO9XyeFhCJR9/edit Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12 Human spaceflight, Mercury program, Moon (Earth), Space, Spacecraft, Space Shuttle program, Gemini program, Apollo program, Small solar system bodies

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    Publications See all Publications
    Learn more Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era and Beyond: Redefining Humanity's Purpose in Space Learn more Discovery: Champion of the Space Shuttle Fleet
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