The Space Shuttle is the first orbital spacecraft designed for reuse. It carries different payloads to low Earth orbit, provides crew rotation for the International Space Station (ISS), and performs servicing missions. The orbiter can also recover satellites and other payloads from orbit and return them to Earth. Each Shuttle was designed for a projected lifespan of 100 launches or ten years of operational life, although this was later extended Six airworthy Space Shuttle orbiters have been built; the first, Enterprise, was not built for orbital space flight, and was used only for testing purposes. Five space-worthy orbiters were built: Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour. Challenger tragically disintegrated 73 seconds after launch in 1986 with the loss of all it's crew.
1 x unassembled model kit;1 x instructions;1 x decal sheet