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I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!  
User currently offlineACAfan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 710 posts, RR: 6
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6087 times:

I used to think the space shuttle was huge. But now I don't.



Looks like the size of a 737. What are the actual dimensions?


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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 6075 times:

I'm not sure about the actual dimensions of the plane, but I don't think it's as small as you think. Just look at that pic - the nose is pretty much the same size as the 747s, and the main fuselage is comparable to the 747 as well.

QFF


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9483 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 6060 times:

It is fat but, lengthwise, it's often described as "about DC-9 sized".

User currently offlineUnitedgirlie From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 6046 times:

saw one of the space shuttles having a piggy back ride back in the 80's when I was a kid over heathrow, it came down low for a fly by...remember waiting ages for it too!

User currently offlinePlanesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 815 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 6019 times:

Length: 122.2 feet; Height: 56.67 feet; Span: 78.06 feet

User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 5949 times:

I had a similar experience. The thing is, the shuttle is about DC-9 length, but it's fat.

User currently offlineKL5147 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 5939 times:

here you might find some extra orbitter/shuttle information

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/resources/orbiters/orbiters.html



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User currently offlineJfkaua From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1000 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 5917 times:

yea but when u stand it up its much more aw-inspiring. Especially with the boosteers and all

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7637 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 5913 times:

I saw the Atlantis (STS-81) and one of the display models of the shuttle in Florida back in January 1997. I was also very surprised how small it is. Very beautiful and unique to see. If you ever get a chance to go to Florida, I highly recommend a visit to the Kennedy Space Center.


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User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3238 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5877 times:

ACAfan,

I had the pleasure of getting very close to the Enterprise, which is displayed at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near IAD:

http://www.nasm.si.edu/museum/udvarhazy/

I actually had the opposite experience to you. My thoughts were "boody Hell, this is big!" More accurately, it is tall (in particularly, the tip of the tail).

Tony



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User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 912 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5861 times:

Half the length of a 747 is still rather huge if you ask me, especially considering the entire thing ends up in orbit !  Wink

In all seriousness, I have seen the Shuttle up-close many a time and everytime I do, I share the same reaction: "Man I thought it was bigger."


User currently offlinePlanesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 815 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5747 times:

DC-9-40 Dimensions: Length: 125.7 feet; Height: 28.0 feet; Span: 93.5 feet

Shuttle Dimensions: Length: 122.2 feet; Height: 56.67 feet; Span: 78.06 feet


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6265 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5710 times:

I too used to think it was huge, usually because, as said earlier, it looks much more impressive standing up on the launch pad. However, I went to Space Camp down in Alabama about 10 years ago when I was about 11 years old, and saw a bunch of recreated shuttles that were actual size, and was surprised how small they were. Not mini, but not huge like I thought they'd be.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13043 posts, RR: 78
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5639 times:

I remember going to see the 747/Enterprise combo at STN on it's European tour in 1983, (it had appeared at that years Paris).
Took loads of pics as it did a low level pass at STN (then basically a backwater with a long runway), and as it landed and taxied in, a great day.


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5599 times:

I also had a "man, that's small" experience. I was at Goddard, and saw the cargo bay mock-up, and didn't realize that was the whole cargo bay. It is a fat one, though.

Harry



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User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 10 hours ago) and read 5411 times:

The Orbiter is comparable to a medium sized airliner. Very impressive. I have had the opportunity to be next to all four of the orbiters (Columbia is included) on several occasions, and they always impress me.

KBFIspotter



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