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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fly Like a Bird

Wouldn't it be great to fly like a bird?

For thousands of years, people have tried to fly. In 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first plane. By 1969, humans flew to the moon. The shuttle is the first "bird" that flies to space and returns to earth.

This morning the shuttle docked with the space station. To do so, it had to flip upside down. Only a hummingbird can fly upside down... and only for a few seconds. It is like a plane making a loop. Of course, the space shuttle flies upside down because it is outside of the earth's atmosphere!

If you would like to know more about the history humans learning to fly like birds, click here: http://www.ueet.nasa.gov/StudentSite/historyofflight.html

To watch a video of the shuttle flipping upside down, go to http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/on_demand_video.html?param=http://anon.nasa-global.edgesuite.net/wm.nasa-global/STS-130/sts130_rpm.wmv&_id=223408&

This is a picture of the shuttle and space station astronauts greeting after they docked. Photo courtesy NASA.

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