ACAfan
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I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sat Aug 20, 2005 10:53 pm

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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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sat Aug 20, 2005 10:55 pm

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.

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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sat Aug 20, 2005 10:59 pm

It is fat but, lengthwise, it's often described as "about DC-9 sized".
 
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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:01 pm

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!
 
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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:10 pm

Length: 122.2 feet; Height: 56.67 feet; Span: 78.06 feet
 
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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:38 pm

I had a similar experience. The thing is, the shuttle is about DC-9 length, but it's fat.
 
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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:40 pm

here you might find some extra orbitter/shuttle information

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/resources/orbiters/orbiters.html
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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:44 pm

yea but when u stand it up its much more aw-inspiring. Especially with the boosteers and all
 
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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:45 pm

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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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:54 pm

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).

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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:58 pm

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."
 
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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sun Aug 21, 2005 12:44 am

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
 
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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sun Aug 21, 2005 12:53 am

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.
 
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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sun Aug 21, 2005 3:44 am

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.
 
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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Sun Aug 21, 2005 6:52 am

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.

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RE: I Used To Think The Space Shuttle Was Huge!

Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:36 pm

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.

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