Space Shuttle Atlantis, Atlantis Visitor Center Complex, Kennedy Space Center, September 2015

There is new research that indicates arachnids (spiders) can launch themselves into the air using electric fields as a form of propulsion. These electric fields occur naturally in Earth's atmosphere and are linked to cosmic rays and solar activity.

Over the course of a few centuries, homo sapiens (humans) learned to propel themselves through the air using the forces of fire. In the mid to late 20th century, humans began using their new propulsive powers to travel beyond where they thought they could ever reach and on July 20, 1969, successfully landed themselves on the Moon. By the 1980s humans had developed a craft that they could use over and over again to propel themselves beyond their natural habitat and back again.

Space Shuttle Atlantis OV-104 Specs

  • Weight - with three shuttle main engines - 151,315 pounds (69 tons)
  • Length - 122.17 feet (37.2 m)
  • Height - 56.58 feet (17.2 m)
  • Wingspan - 78.06 feet (23.7 m)
  • First Mission - October 3-7, 1985 - STS-51-J
  • Final Mission - July 8-21, 2011 - STS-135
  • Total Missions - 33
  • Total human passengers - 156
  • Earth Orbits - 4,848
  • Miles travelled - 126,000,000 mi (203,000,000 km)
  • Currently on display at The Atlantis Visitor Center Complex, Kennedy Space Center
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