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The first rocket to bring people to the moon was a Saturn V. It was a multi staged, non- reusable vehicle. Space shuttles are partially reusable and their aerodynamic properties allow them to have greater control during descent back to earth. Space shuttles generate significantly more lift than other reentry vehicles, which allows for a slower, safer descent. Shuttles land similarly to airplanes with landing gear while other reentry vehicles use parachutes. A space shuttle would not be a good vehicle for landing on the moon, shuttles are generally used to bring cargo into low earth orbit before returning back to earth's surface.