What takes off like a rocket, flies like a spacecraft, and lands like a plane?
Kennedy Space Center
Two solid rocket boosters provide six million pounds of thrust for shuttle liftoff. The space shuttle orbits at approximately 17,500 mph. Or 10 times faster than a rifle bullet. The shuttle orbiter has no engines like a regular airplane does - so it lands like a glider. It can't circle the runway and try again. It has to land perfectly the first time!
This unused postcard was bought in 2011.