I need your assistance. During the Daytona Vodcast, I was asked to name the model sitting in front of me on the set (see picture below.) I answered confidently, “The Space Shuttle.” My colleagues immediately corrected me. It is, in fact, the Orbiter.
Something wasn’t right about the entire exchange in my mind. Yes, the model displayed is the Orbiter – part of the overall “system.” Yet, even the model base referred to the model as the Space Shuttle (see picture below.) Chris said, “The base is wrong.”
The whole thing felt more like being asked our nation’s colors, answering red, white and blue, and being told that I am wrong. Our colors in fact are scarlet red, cloud white, and navy blue.
So, like a good outsider, I did some research. It looks like NASA refers to the Orbiter as the Space Shuttle on occasion (see links below.) In fact, they seem to use the terms interchangeably.
I presented this reality to Chris and Franklin on our most recent Vodcast. It was not good enough for them. They want your input on this matter. So, please examine the evidence below and ask yourself the following question. If NASA uses the terms Space Shuttle and Orbiter interchangeably, is it fair to castigate the Co-Host for doing the same thing?
Pics from recent Vodcasts:
Blair Practices his own EVA. Credit: Blair Allen
The Base speaks for itself. Credit: Blair Allen
in the landing section at the bottom of the page, “Learn where all the best vantage points for viewing shuttle launched in Brevard County, Fla. And get tips for viewing a shuttle landing.
Here again, the Discovery is referred to as the Shuttle when discussing landing. Earlier in this post, it is mentions specifically as the Orbiter. Again, the use seems to be interchangeable.
Again, the use seems to be interchangeable.
Not just landing…
Here the photograph description refers to the “Space Shuttle Discovery’s payload bay.”
The Space Shuttle Discovery eased into port…”
“The ISS and Space Shuttle Discover have parted ways…”
Notice that the text says, “Space Shuttle” rather than “Orbiter.” Credit: nasa.gov
I am not listing any sources here. The overwhelming evidence for my case is on the outside. Have you ever heard the regular news agencies refer to an “Orbiter Docking” or an “Orbiter Landing?” I haven’t either.
So, let me know if it is reasonable for me to follow NASA’s example or go with Chris and Franklin. My fate is in your hands.