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This video shows a space shuttle launch in 2010. The space shuttle had three main parts. The orbiter looked like an airplane. Astronauts stayed in this part. The big orange tank carried fuel. Two rocket boosters launched the shuttle into space. The rockets fell away after the shuttle left Earth. They fell into the ocean. Workers brought the rockets back to land and repaired them. The rockets could be reused in another launch.

Engineers build rockets for specific jobs. For example, the Saturn V rocket was a heavy-lift vehicle. It was very powerful. Saturn V launched the Skylab space station into orbit. Skylab orbited Earth for six years. Astronauts did science tests on Skylab. Saturn V also carried astronauts to the moon. In 1969, Apollo 11 was the first mission to land astronauts on the moon.

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Making Connections


Would you want to travel to space? Why or why not?


Have you read other books about rockets? What did you learn?


Scientists use rockets to learn about space. Why do you think people want to know about outer space?

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