Aviation Photo #1060364 Rockwell Space Shuttle - NASA

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If you were an astronaut and were going to climb aboard the shuttle, the round hatch is the entry way. So this is how you enter the $2.4 billion dollar (list price) machine. The White blankets (seen here) coating the aircraft are made of coated Nomex felt reusable surface insulation. They are used on the upper payload bay doors, portions of the midfuselage and aft fuselage sides, portions of the upper wing surface and a portion of the OMS/RCS pods for heat exclusion. (1600 X 1200)
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    NASA
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell
    OV-103
    OV-103
    Kennedy Space Center
    Florida
    USA
    May 13, 2006
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Comments (18)

Anonymous
11 years ago
This is not a view seen everyday by the general public! Also, it is clear and detailed giving this picture 5 stars!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent shot showing an airframe that looks more like a badly build replica than a real space craft.
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW! Prehistoric looking! Very Nice Pic!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Why some of the blankets are white and some black? BTW super picture!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Not only a good picture but an interesting remark! Go on and tell us what else you know. That is really new and interesting to me. How does the shuttles surface feel like? Is it soft or hard? This heat protection is supposed to be like pressed powder.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow!! Really great pic.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Dirty Color scheme but looks rugged and mean!Good!
Anonymous
11 years ago
GOOD SHOT
Anonymous
11 years ago
A dirty closeup! Hey i wanna know do the blankets have a machine washable label on them!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent detail. Deserves all of the 5 stars I am giving, and would deserve more than 5 stars if there were an option to give more.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great pic...rare close shot..thanks..wish we had close shots of Buran
Anonymous
11 years ago
It is an amazingly clear picture. Good work.
Anonymous
11 years ago
She is definitely a dirty bird.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It is an incredible machine, which can never be made again...Five Stars for this Shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
The close view of this machine reveals the Great Hard Work in building this Ultimate Beauty
Anonymous
11 years ago
I think this is a cool shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ive been a space shuttle fanatic since the very first (Columbia) took to the skies on 12 April 1981. I was a kid then. Someone here asked a question about the white vs. black heat protection. The white (as our photographer has described) are thermal protection blankets that can withstand temperatures upwards of 900 degrees. The black are silica tiles that can withstand searing heat -- up to 3000 degrees f. There are more than 30,000 tiles attached to each shuttle which, combined with the blankets make up the thermal protection system (TPS). Quite an amazing piece of technology -- it's a shame the shuttles will be retired in 2010. Like the Edsel, perhaps they were ahead of their time.

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