What stops a space shuttle burning up?
On re entry into the Earth`s atmosphere the shuttle is protected from the heat by the tiles on the belly of the shuttle.
A space shuttle is not a plane. It is similar to the design of a plane, but it is only powered when it goes up as a rocket. It comes down as a glider without power, however, the pilot or commander controls it using its control surfaces. It may be similar in the way it looks but it has protective heat plates that prevent it from burning up in the atmosphere.
An average flight of the space shuttle usually carries seven astronauts. Seven is the most any space shuttle has ever carried into space. In emergency situations the shuttle could hold up to ten people but this situation has never been encountered. The shuttle however needs a minimum of 2 astronauts to fly it safely.
The Space Shuttle lands like a plane. First the space shuttle gets its landing trajectory and what AFB or Air Force Base to land at. The Space Shuttle can land at Cape Cod in Florida or at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The Space Shuttle then loops around the earth a few times and then turns around to face forward. Then the Space Shuttle goes into a De-Orbit Burn this is the approach to…
Because the space station is in such a bad orbit for US spacecraft to launch to, it takes about 2 days in space for the shuttle to rendevous with the space station. The space station was built by the US & Russians, spacecraft from both countries had to be able to send supplies up on a regular basis, so the orbit of the ISS is difficult for the shuttle to reach.