On This Day  May 19,  with 1st 'Glass Cockpit'

2000: STS-101 launches

On May 19, 2000, the space shuttle

Atlantis launched with the very first "glass cockpit." This was one of several big upgrades that were made to the space shuttle before the mission STS-101.

  NASA called this

 new and improved version of Atlantis "the most updated space shuttle ever."

The new glass cockpit had

11 flat-panel, full-color display screens. These replaced four old-school, cathode-ray tube displays and 32 different gauges and indicators.

 Not only did the cockpit look

 way cooler than it did before, but the new displays also made it easier for astronauts to pilot the shuttle.  

The newer technology also used

 less power and weighed 75 lbs. less than the old cockpit, which helped to reduce the shuttle’s fuel consumption.

NASA actually took several measures

to reduce the weight of Atlantis, and it weighed about 30,000 lbs. less after all the upgrades.

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