Toys and Models Space Shuttle F-S Atlantis

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Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-104) is one of the fleet of space shuttles belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The fourth orbiter to become operational at Kennedy Space Center it...
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Toys and Models Space Shuttle F-S Atlantis

Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-104) is one of the fleet of space shuttles belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The fourth orbiter to become operational at Kennedy Space Center it was named after the primary research vessel for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts from 1930 to 1966. The two-masted 460-ton ketch was the first US vessel to be used for oceanographic research. The spaceship Atlantis has carried on the spirit of the sailing vessel with several important voyages of its own. Atlantis benefitted from lessons learned in the construction and testing of Enterprise Columbia and Challenger. At rollout its weight was 6 974 pounds lighter than Columbia. It was also completed with 49.5 percent fewer man hours compared to Columbia. Much of this decrease can be attributed to the greater use of thermal protection blankets on the upper orbiter body instead of tiles. From November 1997 to July 1999 Atlantis underwent 165 modifications including a drag chute new plumbing lines over 800 new heat protection tiles and blankets and new insulation for the main landing gear doors. Atlantis made its first flight in October 1985 conducting classified military activities. In 1989 it deployed two planetary probes Magellan and Galileo and in 1991 it deployed the Arthur Holley Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. Beginning in 1995 Atlantis made seven straight flights to the Russian space station Mir. In October 2002 after a four-year hiatus the space shuttle and its six-person crew completed the eleven-day STS-115 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) that involved three space walks. On June 8 2007 Atlantis launched on its longest-ever mission STS-117 which lasted almost 14 days. The spaceship is scheduled to be retired in 2010 after it completes STS-131 where it will carry the Docking Cargo Module to the ISS.

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