Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on TwitterThe space shuttle program has been the lifeblood of the International Space Station and has placed several satellites and space telescopes into their positions in orbit. The contributions of the Atlantis space shuttle mission(s) are incontrovertible. Each shuttle has many spaceflight firsts to its credit and the Atlantis is no different. Some of these contributions are difficult to track down if you do not know the right keywords to search, so we have assembled a group of links to Atlantis information for you.
It can be difficult to dive into a bunch of links without a clue as to what you will find. To help you out, here are a few interesting facts about Atlantis space shuttle missions.
It took five years to build the space shuttle Atlantis.
The Atlantis, like all of the space shuttles, is named after a maritime vessel. Do you know which ships the others are named in honor of?
There have been 31 Atlantis space shuttle missions and the shuttle has deployed as many as three satellites during one mission. Hopefully, there were some onboard movies.
During its longest mission, the Atlantis was in space for two weeks.
The Atlantis space shuttle mission in November of 2009 was meant to be its last flight, but due to the planned decommissioning of all of the shuttles it may be pressed into service again at a moments notice. Well, a moments notice in spaceflight terms. There are plenty more facts in the links below. Hopefully, you will find everything that you need and, as always, enjoy your research.
- Space Shuttle Atlantis
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