Details: This poster shows a space shuttle during takeoff. The main rockets are ignited, causing a large smoek cloud on the ground.
NASA's Space Shuttle is the spacecraft currently used by the United States government for its human spaceflight missions. At launch, it consists of a rust-colored external tank (ET), two white, slender solid rocket boosters (SRBs), and a winged orbiter (the space shuttle). The orbiter carries astronauts and payload such as satellites or space station parts into low earth orbit, into the Earth's upper atmosphere or thermosphere.