Space Shuttle = lifting body says NASA Re: Actually not much like the Shuttle at all
It says here:
"The Space Shuttle is a Lifting Body"
"The space shuttle, with a shape like a bulky glider, is actually a lifting body"
- and let's face it, NASA ought to know.
As it happens, the Apollo Command Module also counted as a lifting body, albeit with a much worse lift to drag ratio. Those stubby little wings on the Space Shuttle is how come the thing was able to land on a runway rather than having to splash down in the ocean underneath parachutes.