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Offline Space101

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Why are Shuttles female?
« on: 08/10/2005 02:03 pm »
I heard this a lot on the news last night and I've heard it often on here...that Shuttles are "She's" - why?
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RE: Why are Shuttles female?
« Reply #1 on: 08/10/2005 02:05 pm »
Cause they are unpredictable at least once a month ;)

"Ships" are feminine I believe.

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RE: Why are Shuttles female?
« Reply #2 on: 08/10/2005 02:20 pm »
In the olden days when Gallions and big sailing ships went to sea, they tended to have a Godess figurehead at the front of the ship. They wanted to make the ship become a godess to protect them in the vast oceans.

The Orbiters are ships (that sail in space) ("Space Ships") and are named after famous explorer sailing ships, so not only are the 'She's' but they are Godesses. :)

Otherwise they'd be known only by their ID of OV-103 OV-104 etc.

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RE: Why are Shuttles female?
« Reply #3 on: 08/11/2005 02:02 am »
I always call them "shes" rather than "its" because that is the correct way of referring to them.

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RE: Why are Shuttles female?
« Reply #4 on: 08/11/2005 02:51 am »
We spent some time around Endeavour today, ready for system powering up next month and we all refered to Endeavour as her. I know people may think this is sad, but we do care for them, they are part of the family. They have their own characters. Columbia always behaved on the pad for example.

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