SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITERS 🚀

Space Shuttle orbiters were named in honor of antique sailing ships. In total, six were built and two were destroyed.
  1. Enterprise
    February 18, 1977 - April 27, 2012. Currently located in NYC at the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space museum. This shuttle was never flown in space.
  2. Columbia
    160 crew members and 28 missions from Its first flight April 12, 1981 – April 14, 1981 to its lights flight January 16, 2003 – February 1, 2003. 8 satellites were deployed from this craft and it spent around 300 days in space. It was destroyed February 1, 2003.
  3. Challenger
    April 4–9, 1983 to January 28, 1986. 10 satellites were deployed and it spent 62 days in space over 10 missions. It broke apart 73 seconds into its 10th mission.
  4. Discovery
    39 missions from August 30, 1984 – September 5, 1984 to February 24, 2011 – March 9, 2011. 31 satellites were deployed over its 1 year, 22 hours, 39 minutes, and 33 seconds in space. It has docked with the International Space Station 13 times.
  5. Atlantis
    October 3-7, 1985 to July 8-21, 2011. 125,935,769 miles (202,673,974 km) traveled and 306 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes, and 43 seconds spent in space.
  6. Endeavor
    25 missions from May 7, 1992 – May 16, 1992 to May 16, 2011 - June 1, 2011 and 296 days, 3 hours, 34 minutes, and 2 seconds spent in space.