Saluting 135 missions!
November 2012 - Model of the Month
In honor of the end of the Space Shuttle era, we have selected this great model submitted by Christina Kathi Schulz from Germany for November's Model of the Month.
About the Space Shuttle Program
The Space Shuttle was a partially reuseable launch system and orbital spacecraft operated by the NASA for human spaceflight missions. The system combined rocket launch, orbital spacecraft, and re-entry spaceplane with modular add-ons.
The first orbital test flight occurred in 1981 and was retired from service on July 2011 after 135 missions; Space Shuttle Atlantis performed the final launch. Major missions included launching numerous satellites and interplanetary probes conducting space science experiments, and servicing and construction of space stations.
For the most challenging experience, use only the following picture as your guide for building the Shuttle. Further below you will find more detailed images of each individual component of the model; and if you want more detailed instructions click on the name of the component and you'll be taken to a page with step-by-step images.