|Atlantis Space Shuttle courtesy NASA|
Now our wonderful space shuttles are in museums. After 30 years of service, in July 2011, the last shuttle flight flew to the International Space Station. The Atlantis space shuttle astronauts gave a flag to the crew on the International Space Station. It was an American flag that flew on the first space shuttle. It will return home on America's next spacecraft. (To read more about the flag, just click here: Star Spangled Banner in Space.)
When and what will be America's next spacecraft? NASA is working on many different ways for America to get back into space, including the Orion spacecraft.
Orion will combine the best of the space shuttle and the Apollo moon mission spacecraft. It will be able to supply the International Space Station or travel to Mars. Orion will take astronauts deep into space and bring them safely back to earth.
|Orion spacecraft courtesy NASA|
Here's an Orion activity page for you: Orion Activity Sheet
Here's a paper model of the Orion spacecraft that you can build: Orion paper model
Here's a coloring page for the Orion spacecraft: Orion coloring page
If you would like to build a paper space shuttle, just click here: Space Shuttle Glider