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Space Shuttles

The Space Shuttle Program introduced the first reusable craft into NASA's fleet. It consists of a winged orbiter housing the crew, equipment, and a large bay for cargo. The shuttle has been instrumental in placing space-based telescopes in orbit, repairing damage and malfunctions in various satellites and telescopes, and in constructing the International Space Station. As many as eight astronauts can comfortably fly and work aboard the shuttles.

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