Space ShuttleScience brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.
Why is it that a plane is allowed to take off and fly in a thunderstorm, but the space shuttle is not?
AnswerThe exhaust plume of the space shuttle effectively grounds the space shuttle for a considerable part of its initial flight. Therefore, the shuttle could be struck by lightning. A plane is not grounded, so it does not conduct lightning.
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