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a reusable spacecraft with wings for a controlled descent through the Earth's atmosphere

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For the final time, the space shuttle Atlantis has launched into space and thus marking the beginning of the end of the space shuttle era.
Application: Tread shoe for transporter that carries space shuttles to launching pads.
In one respect, that's fortunate because NASA has yet to choose a successor to the space shuttle.
A crawler transporter does exactly what its name implies; it transports a space shuttle from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad at a crawling pace (1 mph).
To prepare the space station for its first crew, astronauts on board the space shuttle Atlantis brought three tons of supplies to the station in September.
One NASA official says repairs required during the station's assembly pose a major concern, because astronauts must use the space shuttle for both living and as a work base.
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