Writing the question Was a real Space Shuttle ever used as a really big simulator? (and several others) I capitalize Space Shuttle because as far as I know, that's the actual name of NASA's spacecraft, collectively and individually.

  1. Is that right?
  2. Is "Space Shuttle" a proper noun?
  3. Should we capitalize Space Shuttle when referring to
    • each one?
    • all of them as a group?
    • the project itself?
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    $\begingroup$ My tic is that I capitalize Orbiter and the "friendly names" Discovery, etc. Space Shuttle I am inconsistent on and usually just refer to the whole program as "shuttle". There may be a NASA Style Manual. Hmmm. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Sep 13 '19 at 1:15
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    $\begingroup$ As for Space Shuttle program: Its official name, Space Transportation System (STS), was taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. $\endgroup$ – amI Sep 13 '19 at 1:53
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    $\begingroup$ This is a better fit for the English Language SE site. $\endgroup$ – Paul Sep 13 '19 at 2:21
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    $\begingroup$ @Paul 1) "better fit" is never, ever a close reason in Stack Exchange. 2) the use of space terminology is absolutely on-topic here. I'll add the terminology tag to make that clearer, and adjust the title. 3) if you read the body of the question rather than just the title, as well as the comments, you'll see that what's needed for an answer is current usage within the spaceflight industry and texts, rather than an English scholar's opinion. So I think this question, as written, is firmly on-topic. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Sep 13 '19 at 2:30
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    $\begingroup$ Explaining space terminology is definitely on-topic. Voting to leave open. $\endgroup$ – DrSheldon Sep 13 '19 at 3:23

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