Fun Facts About the Space Shuttle

Finding out the length of an orbit is a very tedious task. Unless one have flown aboard the space shuttle or have seen it in person, it can be difficult to mentally visualize the size of the vehicle. Here, we measure the orbiter against a familiar object, a school bus.

The weight of Orbiter would weight around 178000 pounds. The heaviest African Elephant weighs 13200 pounds. It would take approximately 13.4 African Elephants to equal the weight of Space Shuttle Columbia.

Space Shuttle Orbiter

 

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