A couple of years ago I got this as a gift after having an operation. The days after that were daunting and painful, but this set pulled me through. It has everything a shuttle needs...good cockpit (with a coffee mug...?) opening bay doors with a satellite inside it and the astronauts spacesuit. The satellite can be deployed or stretched out with the crane that comes with it. It has realistic colouring and very nice wings and landing gear. This set comforted me through the next month or so, and I will never forget how happy it made me feel after being through such a bad time. I still have the set.
I'm sorry I gave more of a story than a review, but I just put what I honestly thought was right. I still recommend it and I hope you buy it.
I really am glad LEGO began creating real space sets. I have always been a fan of space and LEGO sets, and this brings them together. The shuttle is very accurate, and has all sorts of nifty features, such as the satellite. When I went to Cape Canaveral a few years ago, I was stunned by how much real space shuttles looked like this set. Given, since this is a $30 set LEGO had to make it smaller and take out the living quarters, but this set is amazing. Not only is the set cool, but the instruction booklet contains facts about the real US space program. Did you know that often astronauts are several inches taller when they return from space because the lack of gravity allows their spines to stretch? Buy this set!