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Bundle of 3 - The Space Race - What Happened to the Five Space Shuttles

Bundle of 3 - The Space Race - What Happened to the Five Space Shuttles
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This is a bundle of 3 highly animated, power point presentation on The Space Race – What Happened to the Space Shuttles. The total number of slides in the presentations is 44. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.

Conceived to reduce the cost of space flights, NASA's Shuttle Program originally was supposed to produce completely reusable vehicles, which would make launches routine and relatively cheap. The shuttle was later redesigned as semi-reusable. NASA’s previous space vehicles were costly because they were designed with the expendable launch-system technology, whereby each vehicle was launched, then discarded after one use.

In semi-reusable form, six shuttles were built and five flew. The shuttles completed dozens of successful missions, but 2 disasters have been etched into the nation's collective memory. The original idea of reaching space in vehicles that resembled airplanes rather than rockets dates to before World War II.

NASA's space shuttle program came to its official end on Aug. 31, 2011 after a 30-year run and 135 missions, just almost 1 month after the final mission landed on Earth.

Discovery, is now on display at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in northern VA. Endeavour is on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Atlantis, is on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in FL. NASA's first 2 orbiters to fly, Columbia and Challenger, were lost with their crews to in-flight accidents in February 2003 and January 1986 respectively.

Power point presentation #2 is entitled, The Space Race – The Shuttle Program and contains 17 slides and covers the following:

Apollo Missions Completed
Space Shuttle Program Begins
The Enterprise
Tests Successful
Fleet Expansion
Many “Firsts”
The Challenger Disaster
Other Achievements
Hubble Space Telescope
John Glenn
The Columbia Disaster
End of the Shuttle Program
End of Presentation

On January 28, 1986, the American shuttle orbiter Challenger broke up 73 seconds after liftoff, bringing a devastating end to the spacecraft’s 10th mission. The disaster claimed the lives of all 7 astronauts aboard, including Christa McAuliffe, a teacher from NH who had been selected to join the mission and teach lessons from space to schoolchildren around the country. The tragedy and its aftermath received extensive media coverage and prompted NASA to suspend all shuttle missions.

It was later determined that 2 rubber O-rings, which had been designed to separate the sections of the rocket booster, had failed due to cold temperatures on the morning of the launch. After the accident, NASA refrained from sending astronauts into space for more than 2 years as it redesigned many of the shuttle’s features.

Flights began again in September 1988 with the successful launching of Discovery. Since that time, the space shuttle has carried out numerous important missions, including the repair and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope and the construction of the International Space Station.

On February 1, 2003, a 2nd space shuttle disaster rocked the United States when Columbia disintegrated upon reentry, killing all aboard. While missions resumed in July 2005, the space shuttle retired in 2011.

Power point #1 is entitled, The Challenger Disaster and contains 14 slides and covers the following:

“Teacher in Space” Program
Catastrophic Launch
Warnings Ignored
The Shuttle Program
End of Presentation

On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart while re-entering the atmosphere over TX, killing all 7 crew members on board. The disaster occurred minutes before Columbia was scheduled to land at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

An investigation later determined the catastrophe was caused by a problem that took place shortly after launch on January 16, when a piece of foam insulation broke off from the shuttle’s propellant tank and damaged the edge of the shuttle’s left wing.

In the aftermath of the Columbia disaster, the space shuttle program was grounded until July 26, 2005, when the space shuttle Discovery was launched on the program’s 114th mission. In July 2011, the space shuttle program, which began with the Columbia’s first mission in 1981, completed its final (and 135th) mission, flown by Atlantis.

Power point #3 is entitled, The Columbia Disaster and contains 13 slides and covers the following:

Second Disaster
Columbia Launch
Foam Collision
Compounded Tragedy
The Investigation
The Shuttle Program
End of Presentation

This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... The Space Race.
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44 slides
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