How many Space Shuttles were commissioned by NASA?

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Space Shuttle during launch6 Space Shuttles were built (although only 5 of them spaceworthy): Challenger, Enterprise, Columbia, Discovery, Atlantis & Endeavour. 4 of them are still around, in various museums.

nameOV designationfirst missionlast missionfate 
Challenger
(OV-099)4 April 1983 (STS-6)28 Jan 1986 (STS-51-L)Disintegrated after launch, killing all seven astronauts on board.
Enterprise(OV-101)n/an/aOn display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Columbia(OV-102)12 April 1981 (STS-1)16 Jan 2003 (STS-107)Destroyed during reentry, killing all seven astronauts on board.
Discovery(OV-103)30 Augustus 1984 (STS-41-D)24 February 2011 (STS-133)On display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
Atlantis(OV‑104)3 October 1985 (STS-51-J)8 July 2011 (STS-135)On display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Endeavour(OV-105)7 May 1992 (STS-49)16 May 2011 (STS-134)On display at the California Science Center
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3 thoughts on “How many Space Shuttles were commissioned by NASA?”

  1. Gretchen Payne

    Very informative and interesting you this 79 yr old female who got her private pilot license in my forties.

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