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Launchpad: Firing the Space Shuttle Main Engines [Archived]

Launchpad: Firing the Space Shuttle Main Engines [Archived]

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Learn about the chemical reaction that occurs when liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen are combined to operate the space shuttle's three main engines. See how this controlled explosion moves the shuttle up into orbit.

[Archived 2014 - From 1981 through 2011, NASA space shuttles flew more than 130 times, carrying over 350 people into space and traveling more than half a billion miles. These archived videos, while dated due to the retirement of the shuttle and changes in other missions, contain information about the amazing technology and scientific contributions embedded within the space shuttle design.]

Published on: May 11, 2011

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