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space shuttle at takeoff click to hear : space shuttle at takeoff

On takeoff, the space shuttle is made up of an orbiter, two rockets and an external fuel tank.
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orbiter nozzle solid rocket booster booster parachute external fuel tank

orbiter click to hear : orbiter

The only part of the shuttle to fly in orbit; transports almost 12 metric tons of material and five to seven astronauts.

nozzle click to hear : nozzle

The end portion of a rocket from which combustion gases escape, thereby creating the thrust needed to propel the craft.

solid rocket booster click to hear : solid rocket booster

Solid-fuel thruster that provides most of the lift during the first few minutes of flight, after which it separates.

booster parachute click to hear : booster parachute

Slows the rocket’s fall after it separates from the space shuttle some two minutes after takeoff.

external fuel tank click to hear : external fuel tank

Contains the liquid fuel (oxygen and hydrogen) that supplies the three engines of the orbiter tail.