SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM FACTS
- This is the 33rd flight of Atlantis and the 135th of the shuttle program.
- 355 individuals have flown 852 times on 135 shuttle missions since the first launch on April 12, 1981.
- Sixteen countries have been represented on shuttle missions: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Israel,Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United States.
- Fourteen people died in two accidents: Challenger on January 28, 1986 and Columbia on February 1, 2003.
- The five orbiters have flown 864,402,830 kilometers. Atlantis will add more than 6.4 million kilometers to the total.
- More than 2,000 experiments have been conducted on the shuttles in the fields of Earth, biological and materials sciences and astronomy.
- The shuttles have docked to two space stations: Between 1994 and 1998, nine missions flew to the Russian Mir. With Atlantis, 37 shuttle missions will have flown to the International Space Station.
- Shuttles have landed at the Kennedy Space Center 77 times, Edwards Air Force Base in California 54 times and the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico once.
- The space shuttle, external tank, twin solid rocket boosters, and the three space shuttle main engines contain about 2.5 million moving parts.