North American Rockwell Final Design Space Shuttle Model

Front and side of Space Shuttle Model in museum
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This model represents the final Space Shuttle design that emerged from NASA-industry studies in 1969-1972. This design was selected as the best combination of a reusable orbiter, a disposable external tank, and two recoverable solid rocket boosters after it became evident that a completely reusable system would be too large and too costly. The model depicts the orbiter Columbia and the Shuttle "stack" poised for launch on the mobile launch platform and crawler transporter.

Created:

05/23/2016

Photographer:

Eric Long

ID #:

A19810317000-NASM2018-10421

Source:

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Copyright/Owner:

Smithsonian Institution

Rights Usage:

CC0 (Open Access)

Rights Status:

No Known Copyright or Other Restrictions

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