Why are photos taken in space sometimes devoid of stars (just black space)?

NASA publishes plenty of photos with stars in them - like this one from Hubble of the galaxy NGC 3344.

How much time does it take for data to travel from space to Earth?

We basically use electro-magnetic technologies. So the Moon is just over 1 light-second from Earth. The furthest craft are flying many light-minutes to hours away. A pulse, which determines bandwidth, can be miles long. When I was a

Why doesn't a space shuttle get hot as it travels through outer space?

There's nothing to have friction with. Space is really, really empty space.

Why do space shuttles have wings?

They have wings so that they can be flown once in the atmosphere in order to land on a runway and be reused.Other space vehicles burn up on reentry. Others have circular shapes with heat shields. These are not landed on a runway but

Why are photos taken in space sometimes devoid of stars (just black space)?

NASA publishes plenty of photos with stars in them - like this one from Hubble of the galaxy NGC 3344.

What are some facts about the space shuttle?

You can read more than you will ever want to know about manned space flight at http://www.Page on nasa.gov  Here is a good first link: http://www.Page on nasa.gov/subject/3435/shuttle-atlantis/

How do space shuttles get back to Earth if the universe is expanding so quickly?

Whoa! Great thinking! I don't know the answer because we don't know if the expansion is only non-local between galaxies. The theory is that it is space that is expanding but it seems if it was causing space to expand between quantum particles, we would for sure have detected that by now.Ask yourself, how is it

How did the space shuttle blow up?

Depends on which one you mean.Challenger, an O ring on one of the external tanks leaked allowing a jet of rocket thrust to melt a support strut and the tank crashed into the shuttle and blew up.Columbia, a piece of foam

Did the space shuttle ever have its cargo bay doors closed while in orbit?

No. As soon as they were in a stable orbit and shortly before de-orbit they were open the entire time.This was critical because inside the payload bay doors were cooling panels which were necessary to keep the shuttle cool. There was I think a 30

Why doesn't a space shuttle get hot as it travels through outer space?

There's nothing to have friction with. Space is really, really empty space.

What would happen to the space shuttle if it lost all of its heat tiles before entering the Earth's atmosphere?

We don't really have to guess - when Columbia got damage to just one of her leading edge thermal protection panels - the result was that parts of the wing structure overheated and failed - and the entire shuttle ended up scattered in tiny pieces

What causes space shuttles to blow up?

Actually, that's a common misconception. In truth, neither of NASA's two Shuttles that were destroyed

Why are photos taken in space sometimes devoid of stars (just black space)?

NASA publishes plenty of photos with stars in them - like this one from Hubble of the galaxy NGC 3344.

Can we create a space ship that move like earth ?

Every spacecraft we have ever build moves in the way you describe when not firing its engine.The Earth is moving around the sun and rotating around it's axis due to inertia. The nebula that collapsed to form the solar system collapsed into a disk of rotating guck and some of the rotation has been preserved in

How to put a space shuttle in orbit and somehow aligned to reach ISS

There's people who know how to do that... they're called Rocket Scientists.Takes a better than excellent knowledge of orbital mechanics, math, and physics.

Does NASA have a secret space armada?

I keep seeing this question pop up. The answer is no, but is it because some whacko posted a site saying NASA and the Navy have built a secret space fleet in orbit?...as though it could be hidden...False news like this, even crazy, ridiculous claims are now being quoted by

If space did not occupy air so how can a space shuttle flew in space?

Rockets fly by combustive fuel or exothermic reactions although there are various propulsion systems but all of them contain an oxidizer as there is no air in space! Usually the highly energetic reaction between hydrogen and oxygen acts as a fuel which energizes the particles and these particles

Why is 're-entry' the word used when a space shuttle enters the Earth's atmosphere instead of 'entry'?

Thanks for the Ask to Answer. It is a very good question. It is called "re-entry" because the space shuttle goes into the space with the Space craft which contains the boosters and the fuel etc. But it does not

Will NASA ever bring Space Shuttles back into operational status?

A big fat NO!The Space Shuttle was designed to transport large Payloads and/or Astronauts to the Low-Earth Orbit. It did launch important payloads such as the Hubble Space Telescope and went on several re-servicing missions. There were several other missions too. It was definitely a great piece of engineering achievement

With the shutdown of the Space Shuttle program, will we ever get back to outer space?

Yes.The ISS is still in orbit and screwed, albeit with less crew due to the retirement of the Shuttle. It is served by the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which is used as a crew taxi to the ISS, sending and returning crews plus serving as an

Why wasn't the flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia into orbit affected by the damage to the wing?

When the foam strike occurred the Columbia was above 65,000 feet moving at nearly Mach 2.5. At that altitude the air is pretty thin and rapidly getting thinner so the hole didn't make much of an aerodynamic difference, certainly not enough to prevent them from getting to orbit. In order to minimize the effects of aerodynamic

How do space shuttles return from space?

They slowed down just enough to drop out of orbit, then dropped through the atmosphere, shedding speed by friction with the air. It was guided using its RCS jets and, once there was enough air, its control surfaces such as the flaps and slats. Basically, they came

Is NASA building space shuttles? Or will it rely on Soyuz only?

NASA's space shuttles are retired. They are going back to a capsule - capsules having the best safety record - for the next spacecraft.This one is called

Why does a plane have to carry a space shuttle on its back? Can't a space shuttle fly by itself?

The answer is NO!Space shuttle was designed to work in low earth orbit, the three main engine AKA Space shuttle main engine use liquid hydrogen as the fuel and liquid oxygen as oxidizer, both of them are fed to the SSME's from external fuel tank carried by the shuttle stack, so there's

How was the main tank oriented to fall to the Earth after the separation from the space shuttle?

It was not oriented at all. It was simply jettisoned from the space shuttle to burn up in the atmosphere above the Indian or Pacific ocean. It was not oriented in any way.Early flights used an oxygen vent to help the external tank clear the orbiter, and later the pyrotechnic devices that separated the shuttle provided

To what extent did people at NASA understand the level of danger involved in STS-107's reentry?

They suspected that there could be some damage. However, no one - not even the engineers pushing for pictures from the DoD - thought that it was

How does NASA manage odor inside International Space Station (ISS)?

Odors can result from equipment off-gassing, crew metabolic processes, food, experiments, and returning EVA crew members.  216 such contaminants have been identified and designed for.In the SM (Service Module), the Micropurification Unit (БМП) provides a regenerable means to remove both low and high molecular

How much time does it take for data to travel from space to Earth?

We basically use electro-magnetic technologies. So the Moon is just over 1 light-second from Earth. The furthest craft are flying many light-minutes to hours away. A pulse, which determines bandwidth, can be miles long. When I was a

Did the Space Shuttle enter Earth's atmosphere at an angle that the astronauts were facing (which was about 45°)?

The Space shuttle, during reentry from space, holds an angle of attack of about 40 degrees nose-high when it first enters the atmosphere. This allows it to act as a blunt body, creating a shock wave ahead of it that

Where does the space shuttle go when it gets dropped?

There were three parts to the Space Shuttle. Two solid rockets that were jettisoned into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after launch, an External Tank that disintegrated further out into the Atlantic Ocean after boosting the final component, the airplane or glider to near-orbital velocity. It's main engine completed it's desired orbit.After completing

Why does a space shuttle fly upside down?

An essential issue in the stability of a rocket is the location of the center of mass relative to the direction of the thrust vector. Most rockets (certain models of Atlas being notable exceptions) are symmetric around the longitudinal (roll) axis so the (combined)

Why did NASA discontinue the space shuttle program? I get that they were old, but why not build new, better ones?

There are several reasons for the decommissioning of the space shuttles.  In short, they were too old (first flight in 1981, last flight 2011), they cost too much, the purpose that they were designed for was complete, and the Columbia accident in 2003 caused a review of the

Was NASA's space shuttle a failure?

Apollo 13 was a failure in one aspect, yet extremely successful in another. I would view the Shuttle in the same light. Obviously it failed to achieve a high rate of flight, but the program leaders probably never expected it to

Why was the space shuttle retired?

Old Age, and the fact alternative systems had caught up with it in most capabilities.Contrary to popular belief the Shuttle did not get completely rebuilt following a mission, or cost more then a Saturn V per flight. Saturn in fact

Why do space shuttles dismantel in space?

If I understand you correctly to mean,

Could I buy the space shuttle programme and then make another shuttle to fly my friends around in space?

The Space Shuttle Progam has ended and all hardware has been donated to museums or otherwise dispositioned therefore is not for sale as there is nothing left to sell.  If you have the hundreds of billions of dollars needed to restart production of the space shuttle then the design

Why does a space shuttle get so hot as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere?

Because the Shuttle had to dissipate the kinetic energy of orbital velocity (7.8 km per second) plus all the potential energy of being some 300 km above Earth's surface by friction, i.e. by conversion to heat energy. This is enough heat energy to raise the entire Shuttle's temperature by some 10,000 degrees Celsius.In order for

What justifies development of the USAF X-37B robotic, reusable spaceplane?

I believe that the X-37B was originally designed to be taken into orbit inside the Space Shuttle's cargo bay. I can guess a few potential use cases.It has a robotic arm which is said to able to be used to repair satellites solar panels. Presumably, it could be used to attack

Does the U.S. military have space shuttles?

Not exactly. The military doesn't have Space Shuttle Orbiters, but the USAF has a space plane program called the X-37B. It appears to be an unmanned space plane.

Is this a photo of a space shuttle leaving Earth?

It is a photo of the launch of the Shuttle on STS-134 taken from the Shuttle training aircraft. (the STA were modified Gulfstream business jets) Note the posted photo seems to have been modified a bit. More pictures in the series are available here: STS-134 Flight Day 1 Gallery

How did the space shuttle blow up?

Depends on which one you mean.Challenger, an O ring on one of the external tanks leaked allowing a jet of rocket thrust to melt a support strut and the tank crashed into the shuttle and blew up.Columbia, a piece of foam

Why do space shuttles have wings?

They have wings so that they can be flown once in the atmosphere in order to land on a runway and be reused.Other space vehicles burn up on reentry. Others have circular shapes with heat shields. These are not landed on a runway but

How do space shuttles get back to Earth if the universe is expanding so quickly?

Whoa! Great thinking! I don't know the answer because we don't know if the expansion is only non-local between galaxies. The theory is that it is space that is expanding but it seems if it was causing space to expand between quantum particles, we would for sure have detected that by now.Ask yourself, how is it